Costa Rica is now closer to LGBT equality

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Costa Rica has passed a number of measures which grant various legal and welfare rights to the LGBTI community, the law was approved by the country’s President yesterday (December 21). The new measures allows same-sex couples in Costa Rica the right to receive a housing allowance for low-income families, recognizes same-sex transnational partnerships and extends the recognition of gender identity to migrants (the law legally recognizing transgender locals and easing the procedure of changing the name and gender marker in legal documents has already been enacted in the country earlier this year), Yahoo News reports. LGBTI rights activists welcomed the move as progress but noted that there is still a long way to go. In part, same-sex marriages are still disapproved in the country.

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