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President Signs Decrees To Guarantee The Rights of LGTBI People in Costa Rica

Costa Rica will close 2018 with greater advances in the recognition of the rights of LGTBI people. In addition to the decision of the Constitutional Cout that gave way to equal marriage within 18 months (May 26, 2020), this Friday President Carlos Alvarado signed four...

18-Month Countdown To Same-Sex Marriage Begins This Month

The 18-month countdown that the Constitutional Court gave legislators to regulate same-sex marriages begins this month, with the delivery on Wednesday of the judgment issued in August and its imminent publication in the Judicial Bulletin. The Press Office of the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) informed that...

Bishop denounces discrimination against Episcopal Conference for his rejection of equal marriage

The bishop of Ciudad Quesada, Monsignor José Manuel Garita, denounced on Tuesday a supposed discrimination of sectors of opinion against the position of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica before the recent ruling of the Constitutional Court which would legalize in 18 months the...

Costa Rica Joins Global Push to Recognize Legal Gender Self-Identification

(Human Rights Watch) In June, Costa Rica’s president signed a directive and decree ordering government agencies that issue official documents to recognize gender identity based on self-declaration. The move follows an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) advisory opinion issued in January, which asserted that countries...

Legislators criticize Sala IV for passing onto them the responsibility on gay marriage

Legislators on Thursday joined in the criticism of the Constitutional Court passing onto them the responsibility of same-sex marriage. The ruling of the Sala IV on Wednesday had the rare effect of bringing together in agreement most of the legislators, even it if was to...

Constitutional Court Orders Congress To Legislate Same-Sex Marriage in Costa Rica Within 18 Months

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV has ordered the Legislative Assembly (Congress) to legislate same-sex marriage in Costa Rica within a maximum period of 18 months, otherwise, it will be effective almost immediately. After an intense day, the session beginning Wednesday morning, the magistrates of...

Costa Rica’s former vice-president says that the gay marriage debate was “hell” for LGBTQ people

Costa Rica’s former vice president has spoken about the “horrible” division caused in the country during its recent election cycle, saying it became a vicious “referendum on gay rights” when one of the favorites to win was against marriage equality. However, despite the defeat of Fabricio...

An activist, an election and LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica

When an anti-LGBTQ candidate won the first round of presidential elections in Costa Rica, Vincenzo Bruno took to Facebook to denounce him. “We are completely against Fabricio Alvarado, He doesn’t represent us, he doesn’t represent anyone in the LGBTQ community,” Bruno told his followers in...

TSE Approves Change Of Gender Identity On Cedula

UPDATE, May 16: Following a statement by the Episcopal Conference, protesting the decision of the TSE to allow citizens their name and the erroneous statement that the biological sex of people will no longer be recorded in the civil registry, the TSE assures that...

Could Costa Rica’s New Pro-LGBT President Represent a Change Throughout Latin America?

In its report dated April 15, 2018, the Hornet.com's by Matt Baume sees the election of Carlos Alvarado as fantastic news of the former cabinet minister (and novelist!) easily defeating rival Fabricio Alvardo, "a virulently anti-queer pastor who opposed the freedom to marry," in the...

‘People Hate Us, We Might Move To Spain’

Costa Rica's first and only same-sex married couple are worried about their future in Costa Rica as the nation prepares to go to the polls this Sunday, April 1. Evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado faces former minister Carlos Alvarado in an election dominated by the issue...

Costa Rica’s Election: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid!

Is it the economy, stupid? A preliminary analysis would have concluded that such a maxim would prevail in Costa Rica’s presidential race: unemployment is high (especially among the youth), the cost of living is one of the highest in Latin America, and public finances...

Twenty Schools Padlocked By Parents In Protest Against Sex Education

Parents padlocked the gates of 20 schools in Costa Rica on Thursday to protest sex education classes for teens that some believe promote homosexuality, the Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP)- the Education Ministry - said. The actions — on the first day of the new...

Inter-American Court Ruling Will Spread Marriage Equality Around Latin America

An international court has ruled that 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries must enact marriage equality. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, ruled Tuesday that all its signatory countries must grant same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex ones,...

Costa Rica Notaries Cannot Marry Same-Sex Couples

Despite a resolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees same-sex marriages in Costa Rica, the first gay couple to have tied the knot tomorrow will have to wait. This morning (Friday), the Consejo Superior de Notariado de Costa Rica (Superior Notarial Council...

First Same-Sex Marriage in Costa Rica To Be On Saturday

Mario Arias and Roberth Castillo will be tying the knot on Saturday, January 20, 2018,  and thus will be the first same-sex couple to marry in Costa Rica. The couple explained that the Registro Civil (Civil Registry) will register the marriage that will be made...

Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry Initiates Notification Process To Execute Court Order On Gay Marriage

The notification to public institutions to implement the order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, on gay marriage was made this Friday. On Tuesday, the Court ruled that the countries that it oversees should treat same-sex...

Gay Couple Gets Ready To Say ‘Yes’ After Court Decision

Roberto Castillo and Mario Arias could become one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Costa Rica after the country received the order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) - Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos in Spanish - to apply "Matrimonio...

LGBT March San Jose 2017

Q COSTA RICA - San Jose was filled with color this Sunday to celebrate sexual diversity and demand equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBT) population in Costa Rica. The march started in La Sabana, on the west of San Jose,...

Colombia Says ‘I Do’ To Gay Marriage

TODAY COLOMBIA- Colombia’s highest court has given the green light to gay marriage in the conservative, mostly Roman Catholic country. Colombia could become the fourth Latin American nation to fully allow same-sex marriage. Only a handful of nations in Latin America allow gay and lesbian...

Does same-sex marriage affect Costa Rica property ownership?

QCOSTARICA | Can a same-sex marriage and same-sex couples own Costa Rica property together? How will it affect their property rights during their relationship, after a separation or after one of them passes away? I am a real estate broker in Costa Rica, have been...

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