This Tuesday Costa Rica began to recognize same-sex marriage after a battle that ended with a decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court, which came into force at 0:01 local time (7:01 am in Lisbon).
Costa Rica thus became the sixth country in Latin America to recognize same-sex marriage, after Ecuador, last year.
The issue was one of the central themes during the 2018 presidential election, after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued an advisory opinion, at the request of Costa Rica's Supreme Constitutional Court, in which it held that the countries that signed the American Convention on Human Rights Human Rights “must recognize and guarantee all rights that derive from a family bond between people of the same sex”.
In August 2018, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica declared that the prohibition of same-sex marriage, provided for in national legislation, was unconstitutional, having given the legislature 18 months to remedy unconstitutionality, with new legislation.
If this did not happen within the prescribed period – as it would eventually happen -, same-sex marriage would automatically take effect, starting on May 26, determined the Supreme Court.
To mark the historic legislative opening, several couples have scheduled the ceremony for this day, with the first union between two women to be broadcast on television.
"Before the pandemic we had a big party planned at the national level," said Gia Miranda, executive director of the 'Yes, I Accept' campaign to the France-Presse news agency (AFP), arguing that recognition of same-sex marriage will help reduce discrimination and make the country more attractive to tourists.