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Costa Rica Legalises Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica has become the first Central American nation to legalise same-sex marriage. By the end of this month, everyone in Costa Rica will be able to marry, after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court then set a time limit of 18 months for the ban to be removed.


Luis Guillermo Chinchilla, senior civil officer of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), assured that the necessary changes have been made, stating that “The Civil Registry has made significant efforts in adjusting all the computer systems in civil registry matters, with the purpose of managing these registrations in a timely and expeditious manner, always within the framework of suitable and effective registry security as usual by our institution.”

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, who came to power in 2018 and championed marriage equality, had welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling that year.

“Our commitment to full equality of rights remains intact,” he said at the time.

“We will continue to boost actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity.” 



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