Costa Rica Lifts Ban on Gay and Lesbian Marriage

Costa Rica Lifts Ban on Gay and Lesbian Marriage

The supreme court of Costa Rica has lifted a ban on same-sex marriage. The court said that it was unconstitutional and discriminatory to ban same-sex marriage, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Central American country. President Carlos Alvarado wrote on Twitter of the decision: “We continue to deploy actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that the state’s protection be given to all families under equal conditions…Our commitment to full equality remains intact.” President Alvarado publicly campaigned and advocated for the passage of same-sex marriage in the country.

Supreme Court judge Fernando Castillo said of the opposition to the ruling “…we say live and let live. Many oppose for religious reason, but the Bible says love your neighbor.”

The country now has 18 months to draft legislation to allow for couples to marry.

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