BOGOTA -- The Colombian Constitutional Court has recognized the civil, political, social and economic rights of same-sex couples.
The president of the high court, Humberto Sierra Porto, told reporters that to make possible the recognition of these rights, parts of the criminal and civil codes, as well as some parts of military regulations, will have to be modified.
The ruling means that property of homosexual couples that is considered part of the family possessions, including the home, can not be embargoed or distrained.
On the other hand, if a foreigner enters into a same-sex union with a Colombian in Colombia, he or she may obtain Colombian citizenship if and when that union has been under way for more than two consecutive years.
Members of same-sex couples cannot be forced to testify against their partners.
Regarding public officials, when one takes the oath of office, that person's same-sex partner - if any - will also take the office. EFE