Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage- Washington Post

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The latest Latin American country to legalize same sex-marriage is Costa Rica when its supreme court will give a ruling on Tuesday to end the country’s ban.

The Washington Post reported, “Couples scheduled ceremonies – mostly private due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some that would be broadcast – to celebrate their unions before judges and notaries after the ban was lifted at midnight.”

Following the suit among Latin American countries, Costa Rica would become the sixth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The recent being Ecuador, that lifted the ban last year.

The issue was propelled with the signing of the American Convention on Human Rights. The 2018 presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado made the issue his central agenda.

“In August 2018, Costa Rica’s supreme court said the country’s ban was unconstitutional and gave the congress 18 months to correct it or it would happen automatically. The Legislative Assembly did not act, so at midnight the law banning same-sex marriage was nullified”, said the report.

With the rescindment of the ban a series of events were planned. A campaign called “I do” covered messages from celebrities, including Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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