Friday 5 March 2021

Gay Activist Challenges Parties

Lawyer and gay activist Marco Castillo has put his foot in the bee´s nest. This week he filed a writ challenging the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE), demanding that the two political parties most opposing the gay marriage bill be ruled invalid under the constitution.

justo-orozcoHe bases his complaint on the little-used constitutional article 28, which states that “no one may exercise politics based upon religious beliefs or sentiments.” The complaint, filed with the Supreme Court´s Constitutional  Chamber (Sala IV) specifically names National Restoration and Costa Rican Renovation parties.

Both small parties are openly Evangelical and their lawmakers cite their religious beliefs freely. But specifically, the complaint targets National Restoration party’s lawmaker Carlos Avendano who is a practicing Evangelical pastor.

- Advertisement -

But controversial Renovation lawmaker Justo Orozco fired back that the party has not used their elected posts to make religious propaganda or that their beliefs affect their congressional work. He also denied that the party used Evangelical church pulpits to get votes.

“This señor is out of place,” said Orozco, referring to Castillo, leader of the gay right group Diversification Movement,  “Neither Justo Orozco nor National Renovation has violated the constitution.”

Orozco, despite the miniscule size of his party, was elevated in May, 2012, to the chairmanship of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Committee in a deal with the National Liberation Party in which his party voted with Liberation to regain control of the Assembly, after an opposition coalition had wrested control for most of 2011.

The lawmaker quickly used his chairmanship to derail the gay marriage bill in a lightning parliamentary move that prevented discussion. This raised an outcry among liberals and gays but Orozco blithely denied misusing his power, saying his conscience was clear.

- Advertisement -

This week he told the national newspaper La Nacion, “They talk of the family and matrimony and that is what we defend. Those people have used resources and party against me but they’re just hitting at air. They’re fighting alone.”

Commentary: It is interesting that Orozco assumes that the Castillo complaint is aimed at him when it is Avendano who is mentioned in the complaint. His speaking of himself in third person and assumption that he is the main target indicates that his committee chairmanship and notoriety may have gone to his head.

Meanwhile, his attitude is that all his decisions are communicated to him directly from on High. But his enemies are not fighting alone — after his political maneuver that shunted the gay marriage bill aside, his appointment as Human Rights Committee chief received enough flak on the social media to shoot down a squadron of bombers.

On the other hand, we have stopped predicting how magistrates will rule a long time ago. The constitution, with this unique article, places the TSE in an uncomfortable position. The judges could rule the parties unconstitutional but still the lawmakers could retain their seats as independents.

The issue places the TSE in the same position as the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) and the TSE could redirect the complaint to that high court.

From inews.co.cr

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

Consumer confidence improves slightly in early 2021

QCOSTARICA - Consumer pessimism decreased slightly for February 2021, compared to November of last year, however, uncertainty around the economy remains high and the...

Panasonic will invest US$10 M to move operations from Asia to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Panasonic announced that it will invest US$10 million dollars in the expansion of its plant in Costa Rica, in order to move...

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by Congress, does not have to be a bureaucratic giant, with a large office...

In the first year of the pandemic, Costa Rica has the fifth lowest mortality from covid-19 in Latin America

QCOSTARICA -  How has Costa Rica done during its first year in the fight against covid-19? If you ask the demographer Luis Rosero Bixby,...

ESPH charges the family for electricity for January and February even though fire destroyed their home in December

QCOSTARICA - Despite losing their home entirely in December, a Heredia received electricity bills from the Heredia Public Service Company (ESPH) for January and...

Bukele is on track to obtain a majority in the Congress of El Salvador

Q24N - The Nuevas Ideas (NI) party of President Nayib Bukele and partner Gran Alianza Nacional (GANA) party would obtain at least 56 of...

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 90th birthday

Q REPORTS - The former leader of the Soviet Union and 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mikhail Gorbachev, who has been self-isolating to protect...

The race to replace Carlos Alvarado in 2022

QCOSTARICA  - Twenty eight Costa Rican's are lining up who want the position that Carlos Alvarado when he leaves office on May 8, 2022,...

Guatemala receives 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by India

Q24N - Guatemala on Tuesday received 200,000 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 donated by India, which it will use to complete the immunization...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.