Saturday, January 20, 2018

Costa Rica Same-Sex Marriage Halted by Legal Glitch

Roberth Castillo and Mario Arias announce the suspension of their wedding after
notaries refused to recognize same-sex marriage in Costa Rica. | Photo: Reuters
Reuters reports:

Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the president.

The marriage between two men was set for this Saturday after a top Latin American human rights court earlier this month ruled that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions, pushing back against opposition from the Roman Catholic church.

The Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, recommended that those rights be upheld via temporary decrees while governments pursue permanent laws.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis then directed government agencies to apply the ruling until lawmakers or the constitutional court formally adopt new laws.

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