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Costa Rica allows same-sex marriages in a first for Central America

Costa Rica allows same-sex marriages in a first for Central America

Costa Rica gave the go-ahead to same-sex marriages on Tuesday, making it the first country in Central America to do so, after a landmark court ruling came into effect at midnight. The nation’s constitutional court ruled in August 2018 that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and gave parliament 18 months to legislate, or […]

Costa Rica: Lawmakers criticise delay on gay marriage

Costa Rica: Lawmakers criticise delay on gay marriage

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members of a leading political party. Costa Rica’s constitutional court voted in August 2018 to legalise gay marriage, with the ruling to take effect on May 26 […]

‘Love will prevail’: Costa Rica’s same-sex couples can marry in 2020

‘Love will prevail’: Costa Rica’s same-sex couples can marry in 2020

(Reuters) – Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation’s constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America. In a majority decision made public on Thursday, the court backed the opinion of the San Jose-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which said in January […]

Costa Rica’s top court rules against ban on gay marriage

Costa Rica’s top court rules against ban on gay marriage

Costa Rica’s top court has ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision seen as a win for gay rights activists and welcomed by the country’s new president. The Supreme Court gave lawmakers up to 18 months to legalise gay marriage, which has long been opposed by the Roman Catholic Church and […]

Costa Rica: Center-left author wins presidency with support for gay rights

Costa Rica: Center-left author wins presidency with support for gay rights

(Reuters) – The center-left’s Carlos Alvarado Quesada decisively defeated a conservative Protestant singer in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff election on Sunday, by promising to defend gay rights, handing a major victory to the ruling party. Former minister and fiction writer Alvarado Quesada, 38, had 61 percent of the vote with results in from 91 percent […]

Costa Rica votes for a new president as row rages over gay rights

Costa Rica votes for a new president as row rages over gay rights

Costa Ricans went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, in a race overshadowed by a debate over same-sex marriage. Leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely oppose gay rights, which have recently gained ground in Latin America. Conservative Christian singer and TV anchor, Fabricio Alvarado, skyrocketed to the top of the […]

Gay marriage upends Costa Rica’s presidential election

Gay marriage upends Costa Rica’s presidential election

A debate over gay marriage has upturned Costa Rica’s presidential race, giving ammunition to conservative frontrunners ahead of Sunday’s vote, and challenging the Central American country’s image as a progressive bastion. Evangelical Christian singer and congressman, Fabricio Alvarado, who leads recent polls, has pitted himself against a January ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human […]