BOGOTÁ (Web Desk) – Colombia has become the fourth country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage.

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have previously legalised same-sex marriage.

Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships, but Colombia’s top court on Thursday granted them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples, the BBC reported.

Earlier this month the constitutional court dismissed a judge’s petition against equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Argentina was the first Latin American country to take the step in July 2010.

In Mexico, gay marriage is legal in the capital and in certain states.