Costa Rica Becomes First Country In Central America To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Costa Rica, May 2020
May marked the first legalization of same-sex marriage in Central America. Costa Rica was the first country in the region - the seventh in the whole of Latin America - to take this huge step for equal rights.
On the 26th of the month, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya became the first same-sex couple to marry in Costa Rica, but it didn’t come without struggle.
The matter divided voters in 2018’s presidential race, which saw a right-wing evangelical candidate vowing to ignore the Inter-American Court of Human Rights statement that all rights afforded to heterosexual couples should be extended to same-sex couples, too. He lost the election, but the country was polarized.
Yet, still, in May came the time to rejoice, with the legalization being passed. We move forward hoping that Costa Rica serves as an example to its neighboring countries, taking us one step closer to a fully accepting world where all love is celebrated.