Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage; first couple weds on live broadcast

Costa Rica has legalised same-sex marriage. A couple, hence, got married on live broadcast to capture this joyous moment.

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said the change gives same-sex couples the same rights as any other family. "Together, under the same flag, we will build a better nation," he tweeted. The president called "empathy" and "love" key factors that will allow Costa Rica to progress as a nation. 

Here are some pictures from the wedding ceremony of the first same-sex couple to legally get married in Costa Rica.

 

First legal same-sex marriage in Central America

Two women were married on national television in Costa Rica this week, marking the first legal same-sex marriage in Central America.

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A public ceremony

Dunia Araya and Alexandra Quirós celebrated their wedding at midnight, holding an outdoor ceremony in Heredia that was broadcast live.

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Love in times of corona

The notary was wearing a face mask when she pronounced them "wife and wife.

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A years-long battle

Enrique Sanchez, Costa Rica's first openly gay Congressman, said that marriage equality represents the culmination of a years-long battle by activists.

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Sixth country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage

Costa Rica is the sixth country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage, following Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. It is also legal in some parts of Mexico. 

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Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and discriminatory

In August 2018, Costa Rica's constitutional court ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and discriminatory. It gave parliament 18 months to change the law before marriage equality would automatically take effect. 

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