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Colombian court grants pension rights to gay couples

by Rex Wockner

International News

Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to enroll in pension plans the same as married couples, El Tiempo reported April 17. "This is yet another incredible victory by the Colombian LGBT rights organization Colombia Diversa, which worked with the Public Interest Group at the University of Los Andes in Bogota to bring the issue to the court and emerge victorious," said New York City activist Andres Duque, a Colombian immigrant.
Last October, the same court ruled that gay people can add their partners to their health-insurance plans. Same-sex couples must register their unions with a notary before applying for benefits. The ruling covered private insurance and government-run health care, known as social security.
In February 2007, the Constitutional Court extended spousal property and inheritance rights to same-sex couples.
In other Colombian news, transsexual Darlyn Acevedo Ramirez, 19, was murdered in Cali on March 23, becoming the 13th transsexual to be killed in the city in the past two years.
She was attacked by a group of men at a traffic circle in the Alfonso Lopez neighborhood, the same location where two of the other killings occurred.
None of the cases have been solved, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which said more than 3,000 transsexuals live in the city.



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