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Concluding Observations, CEDAW/C/COL/CO/7-8, 2 October 2013: Colombia

35. While noting that the legal age of marriage in the State party is set at 18 years for both girls and boys, the Committee is concerned at the exception in the Civil Code of the State party which allows 14-year-old adolescents, both girls and boys, to get married with the consent of their parents or guardians. It takes note that, since 2007, the Constitutional Court has issued rulings which guarantee the rights of same-sex couples in the State party, such as ruling C-577 (2011). However, the Committee notes barriers to its implementation.

36. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(b) Sensitize parliamentarians, public servants and members of the judiciary on the relevant jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court.


Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CEDAW-Colombia-2013-eng