Monday, September 13, 2010

Supreme Court of Costa Rica Voids Referendum Against Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica The Supreme Court in Costa Rica recently ruled that a referendum to ban same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.  The referendum was to have been on the December 1st ballot in Costa Rica.

The court ruled that the issue of marriage rights for same-sex couples was not a proper issue for an election, and that the rights of minorities should never be subjected to a referendum process where they
might be subjected to the wishes of a majority.  Click here for more information about the ruling (in Spanish)   Comments posted to that article note that this an important human rights victory for Costa Rica, particularly in recognizing the human rights (such as the right to marry and have a family) should not be put up for a majority vote.  

We invite readers from Costa Rica to provide us with additional information about the case (and a link to the ruling, if possible).

Hat tip to Rex Wockner

(mew)


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