Costa Rica to legalize same-sex marriages within 1.5 years


Costa Rica has been given an 18-month time limit to legally recognize same-sex marriages on demand of the Supreme Court. The ruling sets a time limit of 18 months for the legislature to implement changes through law, and if they don’t do so, same-sex marriages will become legal automatically, as banning them is against constitution. There is a large faction of evangelicals in Parliament who strongly oppose the change, but the country’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada showed support to it and promised to work on the law which would make it possible. “We trust that respect for human rights and the rule of law will prevail, whether the Legislative Assembly recognizes equal marriage in the next 18 months, or failing that, once the time limit expires and the current law is made invalid,” said the President,“On our part, we will continue to promote actions that guarantee the non-discrimination of any person due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and extend the protection of the State to all families equally.”


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