ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Costa Rica Lawmakers Ordered to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

11/14/2018 | Los Angeles Blade

The Costa Rica Supreme Court on Wednesday formally released its ruling that says lawmakers have 18 months to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. “Acts of open discrimination, whether they are expressed or implied, cannot be justified in any way in a democratic society that respects fundamental rights,” reads the ruling. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is based in the Costa Rican capital of San José, in January issued a landmark ruling that recognized same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Then-Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced her government was going to comply with the ruling. Carlos Alvarado, who was elected president of Costa Rica in April, publicly supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.


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