Gay Got Marriage in Costa Rica and has only allowed same-sex weddings, rendering it Central America’s first country to do so since a historic court decision took effect at midnight.
In August 2018, the constitutional court found that a prohibition on same-sex marriage was illegal and ordered Parliament 18 months to legislate otherwise the law will be immediately annulled, reports France 24.
More than 20 senators attempted to postpone the marriage decision for 18 months earlier this month but the bill collapsed and the moratorium was repealed at midnight – while couples would continue to settle for electronic marriages because of the prohibitions on coronavirus.
“Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country – the first one in Central America!” said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet.
“We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!”
Costa Rica becomes the sixth country in Latin America to allow gay marriage – after Ecuador legalised it last year – and the 28th U.N. member state to recognize same-sex marriage.
Despite considerable opposition from religious groups, gay marriage has become increasingly accepted in Latin America, with gay couples now allowed to marry in Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico.