People in both my countries have had reasons to celebrate lately when it comes to a few key legal decisions. (Hi there, RBG ‘n’ friends.) In Costa Rica, it’s because of a labyrinthine, international legal process that eventually resulted in the legalization of gay marriage one month ago, on May 26th.
La República reported recently that in the first full month of marriage equality, 107 same-sex couples have tied the knot in Costa Rica. (The article goes on to point out very that there are still some questions to resolve: “practical aspects” such as “how will the law penalizing violence against women be applied? And what will happen with maternity leave with a person who identifies as a man?” Oh, lordy.)
Here’s to those 107 couples and their long-awaited nuptials – such a bright spot during a dreary time.
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