Costa Rica has formally – and finally – legalized marriage equality, after a landmark court ruling came into effect.
In 2018, Costa Rica’s constitutional court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and discriminatory. The country’s parliament was given 18 months to legislate on this, or else the ban will be automatically overruled.
May 25, Monday, marked that deadline.
In a tweet following this, Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said: “Empathy and love should from now on be the guiding principles which will allow us to move forward.”
Quesada took office in May 2018, and his campaign promised to legalize marriage equality.
Costa Rica is now the 28th UN member state to recognize marriage equality.
Also in a tweet, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the U.N. Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity — who is also from Costa Rica — said that this is “an extraordinary moment of celebration and gratitude to the work of so many activists, and of quiet reflection of the loves of those who lived without seeing this moment.”