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