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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage

Equality-300x193Costa Rica's supreme court ruling went into effect early Tuesday morning, removing the ban on same-sex marriage. Some couples broadcasted their ceremonies, while others were held privately, but either way there was reason to celebrate in Costa Rica. 

Yaritza Araya and Alexandra Quiros were married just after midnight in an outdoor service and became the first legal gay marriage in Costa Rica. Also, gay equality activist Marco Castillo married his longtime partner before a judge on Tuesday morning. 

Castillo had fought for same-sex marriage for years and was recently sanctioned as a notary for conducting the marriage of two women, which was later annulled. 

President Carlos Alvarado broadcast the message, "Today we celebrate freedom, equality, and democratic institutions." In August 2018, Costa Rica's supreme court said the country's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and gave the congress 18 months to act, but the Legislative Assembly never acted, so at midnight, the law banning same-sex marriage was nullified. 


See Javier Cordoba, Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage, AP News, May 26, 2020. 


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