A new poll finds a large percentage of residents of Bogota, Colombia favor gay marriage, Caracol Radio reported.

The research firm Econometrics SA's telephone survey of 200 thousand Bogota residents found that sixty-three percent agree that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to marry.

The study is the most comprehensive on LGBT people ever conducted in the country.

Bogota is Colombia's largest city with over eight million residents and is the nation's capital. The city is known as “The Athens of South America” for its large number of universities and libraries.

The poll offers increasing evidence that gay marriage is widely accepted in major cities across Latin America.

Mexico City approved the region's first gay marriage law in December and Argentina lawmakers quickly followed its lead, approving Latin America's first gay marriage law last month.

Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that all 30 of the country's states must recognize the gay marriages originating in its capital, in effect legalizing gay marriage recognition throughout the country.

Other Latin American countries, including Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay, will debate later this year whether to recognize gay unions.