Same-Sex Marriage gets legalised in Costa Rica
Alexandra Quiros (center) and Dunia Araya (right) stand before a lawyer during their wedding in Heredia. Courtesy: CNN

Costa Rica Legalise Same-Sex Marriage

May 27, 2020

Costa Rica became the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage after a ruling from the country's Supreme Court came into effect on May 26 (Tuesday).

This ruling from the Supreme Court of Costa Rica finally ended the ban on same-sex marriage and couples went on to held ceremonies celebrating it.

However, in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown, most of these celebrations were private with only a few of them going for broadcasting it live on social media.

The ban on same-sex marriage in Costa Rica was lifted on Tuesday midnight and a same-sex couple-Daritza Araya and Alexandra Quir?s- married in an outdoor service performed by a notary wearing a face mask.

This was the first legal gay marriage of the country, which was streamed live on the internet.

Costa Rica is the sixth Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Before Costa Rica, it was Ecuador, some parts of Mexico and Northern Ireland that had legalised marriage with the same-sex.

Before Costa Rica, 31 other countries had legalised same-sex marriage and these are- The Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013), Scotland (2014), England and Wales (2014), Luxembourg (2015), United States (2015), Greenland (2015), Ireland (2015), Colombia (2016), Finland (2017), Malta (2017), Germany (2017), Australia (2017), Austria (2019), Taiwan (2019), Ecuador (2019), Mexico (2019), and Northern Ireland (2019).

The legalisation of marriage within the same-sex surely have risen the hopes of several same-sex couples across the world who have been waiting for legalisation.

Gay rights activists have often said that opposition to legalising homosexual marriage comes from religious organizations.

These organisation, according to the activists, claim that homosexual marriages destroy the sanctity of marriage.

A recent study has shown that the divorce rates within heterosexual couples are much higher than homosexual couples.

Homosexuality is nothing unnatural as homosexual persons are also a part of nature. Nature wanted them to be the way they are and society should respect this identity, say the gay rights activists.

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