While same-sex marriage may not be legal in Costa Rica, the country’s social security administration will recognize gay and lesbian couples by allowing them to share their health and pension benefits. While the country currently bans same-sex marriage, the new policies were celebrated by the LGBT community and represent a major change in the conservative nation. “Costa Rica woke up to good news,” Centrist President Luis Guillermo Solis said online. “I feel very satisfied with the decision by social security to authorize the enrollment of same-sex couples and the fundamental right to access at the hospital.”
Solis, since being elected in April, has already shown his support for the LGBT community by raising a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia.