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Costa Rica turns into the primary Central American nation to legalize same-sex marriage

The nation on Tuesday grew to become the primary in Central America to legally acknowledge same-sex marriage.

“Today, Costa Rica officially recognizes same-sex marriage,” President Carlos Alvarado Quesada wrote on Twitter.

“Today we celebrate liberty, equality and our democratic institutions. May empathy and love be the compass that guide us forward and allow us to move forward and build a country that has room for everyone.”

The transfer to marriage equality follows an August 2018 ruling by the nation’s Constitutional Court, which dominated that legal guidelines stopping same-sex marriage had been unconstitutional.

The court docket gave the legislature 18 months to enact marriage equality, or have the ruling recognizing same-sex marriages mechanically go into impact as soon as the deadline expired.

Costa Rica’s resolution additionally follows an opinion issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in January 2018. The Central American nation had requested the court docket to find out whether or not it was obligated to increase property rights to same-sex {couples}.
After Costa Rica officially recognized same-sex marriage, couples held weddings overnight.

Couples celebrated the nation’s resolution by holding weddings in a single day.

Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya had been among the many lovebirds who tied the knot on Tuesday, holding a wedding ceremony in Heredia.

LGBTQ advocacy organizations additionally celebrated the transfer.

“Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country – the first one in Central America!” the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World) stated. “We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!”

The Human Rights Campaign additionally cheered the choice, although it added that extra work wanted to be executed to attain marriage equality around the globe.

“Today, Costa Rica has made history, bringing marriage equality to Central America for the first time,” HRC President Alphonso David stated in an announcement. “Costa Rica’s LGBTQ community has worked tirelessly for years to make today a reality. This victory is theirs, and it inspires the entire global LGBTQ community to continue fighting to move equality forward.”

CNN’s Maija Ehlinger, Tatiana Arias and Gerardo Lemos contributed to this report.

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