Colom­bia

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Given the con­ti­nent’s broadly Catholic his­tory, it may be sur­pris­ing to some how rapidly many South Amer­i­can coun­tries are pro­gress­ing on LGBTI is­sues. Lead­ing the field is Colom­bia, where the na­tion’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court has rec­og­nized the rights of LGBTI cou­ples in a wide range of ar­eas. Most re­cently and no­tably, in April this year, the same court le­gal­ized same-sex mar­riage, spark­ing cel­e­bra­tions across the coun­try.

Q: How far is Hong Kong from le­gal­iz­ing same-sex mar­riage?

A: There are some very in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions bub­bling away un­der the sur­face of Hong Kong at the mo­ment that could have ground-break­ing ef­fects for the LGBTI com­mu­nity. Two of these are le­gal cases that are de­fend­ing same-sex cou­ples’ rights to be rec­og­nized as such. If they are won, which we hope and ex­pect they will be, then the law will have to be changed. It is a fight that must be fought in all pos­si­ble ways, though. By break­ing down the bar­ri­ers of mis­con­cep­tion, en­gag­ing in con­ver­sa­tion and work­ing to­gether, the jour­ney will be much eas­ier. It is go­ing to be a long strug­gle, but I be­lieve that we will get there.

—Philip How­ell-Wil­liams, Di­rec­tor, Pink Sea­son HK

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