Claudia Lopez, the first woman elected mayor of Colombia’s capital Bogota, recently married her girlfriend of three years.
Although the South American country is deeply religious and conservative, same-sex marriage is legal and gay couples have the right to adopt children, whether or not they are the biological children of one of the partners.
Mayor Lopez won the October mayoral poll narrowly but the victory was seen as a significant step forward in a country used to being led by male elites.
The centre-left former senator, who will take office on January 1, is the first woman to win the post of mayor of Bogota.
Lopez defeated liberal Carlos Fernando Galan with just over 35 per cent of the vote in the capital city of 7.2 million people.
“I promise to honour you and love you for life!” Lopez wrote on Instagram to her wife, opposition senator Angelica Lopez.
“Thanks to life for this wonderful year: I earned my doctorate, won the Mayor’s office and married the love of my life.”
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¡Rumbo al momento más feliz de mi vida! ¡Te amo mi Angelica divina! ¡Gracias por existir y por amarme siempre. Te prometo honrarte y amarte toda la vida! ¡Gracias a la vida por este año maravilloso: me gradué del doctorado, gané la Alcaldía y me casé con el amor de mi vida!
The message was accompanied by four pictures of the couple dressed in white and carrying bouquets of flowers.
The ceremony was private and not open to the press.
Last Updated on Jan 1, 2020