Great news: Costa Rica has become the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage.The decision that was made on Tuesday sparked a very emotional response from thousands of LGBTQ+ rights campaigners, and people even held the first weddings overnight.
Sadly, all the celebrations had to be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but a special LGBTQ+ rights program was broadcast on the public TV service after the court ruling came into force.
President Carlos Alvarado said that this change will bring a significant social and cultural transformation, and it will allow thousands of people to marry.
Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country – the first one in Central America! 🏳️🌈 We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen! #SiAceptoCR #UnPasoHistorico #IDoC https://t.co/zmnQeP3gLq
— ILGA World (@ILGAWORLD) May 26, 2020
The Supreme Court of Costa Rica ruled in August 2018 that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, which meant that the parliament had 18 months to amend the laws. The provision was automatically annulled, which means that Costa Rica today celebrates marriage equality.
The International LGBT Association ILGA tweeted that marriage equality has become a reality in the country, which makes it the first one in Central America, and they congratulated everyone that worked very hard to make this happen.
Costa Rica is known for its strong Catholic tradition, and there has been a proliferation of evangelical churches in recent decades. Expectedly, many followers of these churches opposed gay marriage, but the Supreme Court decision complied with an opinion given by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which declared that gay couples have the same rights to marry as heterosexual couples.