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‘I Declare You Wife and Wife’: Costa Rica Celebrates Its First Equality Marriage

At 0:08 on May 26, 2020, Alexandra Quirós Castillo, 29, and Daritza Araya Arguedas, 24, became the first same-sex couple to marry civilly after equality marriage took effect in Costa Rica. The ceremony, held in San Isidro de Heredia, in the presence of notary public...

24 legislators plan to postpone same-sex marriage for 18 months after pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) A group of 24 legislators presented a motion on Tuesday to ask the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly known in Costa Rica, to extend the entry into force of same-sex marriage for at least a year and a half...

Same-sex marriages can be registered in Costa Rica starting May 26

(QCOSTARICA) Marriages between people of the same sex can become legal in Costa Rica starting on May 26, when the Civil Registry will begin to process the registration of these unions. Luis Guillermo Chinchilla, senior civil officer of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), to...

From Josué to Victoria, Civil Registry Approves Request For Gender Change

A couple of months ago, Victoria Elizabeth Rovira Hernández (23 years old) made an application to the Civil Registry with the purpose of requesting a change of name, in accordance with the amendment approved by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in May. After a long...

55-year-old Woman Lent Her Womb To Her Daughter With Cancer

Inside the delivery room dressed in green, Ana and Jose, the biological parents, anxiously awaited the birth of their daughter, Milagro. But it was Ana's mother or Milagro's grandmother actually giving birth. Once Milagro was born, by caesarian section, the doctor placed the newborn in...

151 Trans People Waiting On TSE To Change Their Name According To Self-perceived Sex

As of Thursday, May 31, the number of requests by trans people to change the name before the State and on their cedula (national identity card), according to their self-perceived gender, reached 151. This procedure, which has been claimed for years by the trans population,...

Costa Rica Doctors Can Now Register Deaths Online

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), with coordination with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), will now allow doctors in Costa Rica to register deaths online. The process can be done from aa...

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...

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...

Change In Sex Designation In Identity Card (Cedula) Possible If Bill Is Approved

QCOSTARICA - Adults in Costa Rica who want to change their sex designation on their cedula, the Costa Rica identification, may do so if a proposed bill is passed. Sponsored by legislators of the Frente Amplio (FA) and Liberación Nacional (PLN), the first draft of...

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