Costa Rica is likely to have a homophobic evangelical President

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An anti-gay pastor who is a prominent opponent of LGBT rights and who speaks out loud about repealing marriage equality in the country, seems to be the leader of the Presidential race. Alvarado Muñoz has vowed to withdraw Costa Rica from a pan-American human rights treaty that could require it to provide recognition to same-sex couples, while his opponent insists that human rights include LGBT rights as well and it should be respected. Ahead of next month’s run-off election between the two candidates, polling suggests that Alvarado Muñoz has built a lead. An Opol poll this week has Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz on 36.5 percent, while his rival Carlos Alvarado Quesada is on 27.7 percent of the vote. CID Gallup poll found a smaller lead, with Alvarado Muñoz maintaining a 4.5 percent lead. The key to the election will likely be voters who backed other candidates in other rounds, with a massive 35.8 percent still undecided or not planning to vote.

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