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Costa Rica Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on the world but one country is continuing to evolve, especially with their legislation.

Costa Rica officially became the first country in Central America to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The new legislation was highly anticipated because in 2018 Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court ruled that laws preventing same sex marriage were unconstitutional. The court gave the country 18 months, beginning August 2018, to enact same-sex marriage. If the country did not enact same-sex marriage the ruling recognizing same-sex marriages would automatically go into effect at the end of the 18 months.

Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, took to Twitter to make the announcement. “May Empathy and love be the compass that allows us to get ahead and build a country where all people fit”, Quesada said.

Many people took to Twitter to express their disagreement with the legislation, but many more expressed their excitement. Some Costa Ricans were so excited that some of the first same-sex weddings took place overnight.

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