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Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Veronica Botero and Ana Elisa Leiderman with their children Raquel and Ari.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights ...

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Catholic Church, conservative politicians attack Peru’s same-sex civil union bill

| Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Juan Luis Cipriani
LIMA, Peru -- The Catholic Church and leading conservative politicians have lunched an attack on a Peru lawmaker and his draft bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, calling it an attempt to “justify his [sexual] orientation.”

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Peru lawmaker proposes bill to legalize same-sex civil unions

| Friday, September 13, 2013
Parliament building in Lima, Peru.
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

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Guyana judge clarifies colonial-era law against cross-dressing

| Sunday, September 8, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A judge interpreting a colonial-era law has ruled that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only if it's done for an "improper purpose" such as prostitution, but the partial victory has frustrated gay rights activists in Guyana who are pushing for the 120-year-old statute to be removed from the books.

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Couple of 14 years first to register under Uruguay’s new gay marriage law

| Monday, August 5, 2013
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Two gay men who have been together 14 years become the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay on Monday, just hours after the country's marriage equality law came into effect.

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First same-sex civil union legalized in Colombia

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Fernando Vergara, APNewlyweds Carlos Hernando, left, and Gonzalo Ruiz leave a local court in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The couple was joined in a civil union Wednesday by a judge in Colombia. Photo:
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Colombian judge has for the first time legalized the civil union of a same-sex couple.

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Uruguay’s president signs marriage equality bill into law

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay's President Jose Mujica’s has signed the country's marriage equality bill into law, making the South American country the 12th nation in the world and third in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Three more Brazilian states rule in favor of allowing same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Justices in the Brazilian states of Rondônia, Paraíba and Santa Catarina have ruled to authorize marriage equality for same-sex couples, bringing the total to 14 of the country's 27 states to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Paraguay politician would shoot himself in the balls if his son married a man

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Horacio CartesAP
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay -- Tobacco magnate Horacio Cartes, Paraguay’s leading presidential candidate, has come under fire for comments he made comparing gay people to “monkeys” and threatening to remove his genitals if his son married another man.

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Chilean president to send Parliament civil unions bill

| Monday, May 30, 2011
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has announced that he will forward to parliament a bill that would grant both heterosexual and homosexual couples the ability to form civil unions, granting them many of the same rights as marriage.

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