The ceremony took place on Tuesday the 26th of May in Costa Rica, after a ruling by the Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriage to be performed starting from midnight the day before.
Costa Rica, the 29th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage
Many same-sex couples have waited a long time to walk down the aisle together and their time has come, even with the ban on celebrations due to the coronavirus. Alexandra and Dunia said their wedding vows in San Isidro de Heredia, a city not far from the capital San José.
Costa Rica has therefore become the eighth country in the Americas to legalise same-sex marriage, following in the footsteps of Canada, the United States, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s the 29th country in the world to do so. The news was widely shared nationally and through social media, and quickly made its way all over the world.
“A profound social and cultural transformation”
“It’s a change that will bring about a significant social and cultural transformation, allowing thousands of people to marry,” commented President Carlos Alvarado. In his 2018 election campaign, Alvarado of centre-left Citizens’ Action Party, had clashed with his opponent on the issue of same-sex marriage, showing he was strongly in favour of legalisation.
In August 2018, the Central American nation’s Supreme Court ruled that the law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The judges gave Parliament18 months to change it.
In a few hours my country, #CostaRica, will recognise equal marriage. An extraordinary moment of celebration and gratitude to the work of so many activists, and of quiet reflection of the lives of those who lived without seeing this moment. #siaceptoCR#IESOGIpic.twitter.com/VFTdPTiV4J
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) joyfully welcomed the Central American nation’s first same-sex marriage, tweeting their thanks to “all those who worked so hard to make it happen”. Similarly, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, an independent expert on protection against violence and sexual discrimination at the UN Human Rights Council, spoke of an “extraordinary moment”.
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