Say “hola” to Colombia’s first same-sex married couple: Carlos Hernando Rivera, and Gonzalo Ruíz Giraldo!
On Wednesday, the 67th municipal judge of Bogotá, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez, declared a civil union for the first same-sex couple in Colombia, Carlos Rivera and Gonzalo Ruíz.
During the ceremony the word “marriage” was not mentioned; however, it was made clear that Rivera and Ruíz would have the same rights as heterosexual couples, according to Caracol Radio.
“We have the same rights and this is a big step for us and the LGBTI community,” said Ruíz at the exit from the building where the ceremony, which was also attended by a delegate of the Procurator, took place.
“I wanted to legalize our union and we did it with dignity and all the force of the law. We have been living together for more than 20 years and in the process of legalizing the union, more than five years,” Ruíz added.
“We got married, we’re very happy, we have the same rights as any couple with a civil marriage,” Rivera added.
Outside the courthouse, the pair was met by a crowd of LGBTI activists waving multicolored flags and placards, and singing songs in tribute to the union and to equality.
Congratulations, you two crazy lovebirds. You are fabulous!