Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Colombia to Recognize Rights of Gay Couples

First for Latin America affects health, social security and even inheritance

Associated Press
Updated: 4:42 p.m. ET June 15, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia is set to become the first Latin American country to give established gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security under a bill passed by its Congress.

The plan approved Thursday is expected to take effect soon. It is backed by President Alvaro Uribe.

The measure would allow gay couples in long-term relationships to have the same health insurance and social security benefits as heterosexual couples. It also guarantees that assets accumulated during the relationship will be divided between the two, and in

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