Costa Rican officials refuse to approve first gay wedding just a day before

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Roberth Castillo and Mario Arias were set to make history as the first same-sex couple to be married in the Central American country, but their wedding was postponed just the day before they were due to marry. Government officials informed the couple that the wedding would not be taking place as “local laws” needed to be updated and only then the ceremony could have talken place.“Last night [Friday] we realised what was happening… it impacted us a lot when the notary told us we had to postpone the weeding,’ said Arias to La Nacion. “We’ll postpone the wedding… but we’ll continue with the fight,” he added. However, it soon transpired that the notary officials had refused to sign the marriage documents under instruction from the Notary Council, saying the definition of marriage had not changed in the country. However Costa Rica agreed to permit same-sex marriages after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights agreed to an equality petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis.

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