On May 26th, 2020, same-sex marriage became legal in Costa Rica, making it the first nation in Central America to do so and the sixth in Latin America. This stems from a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional to exclude same-sex couples from marriage rights, and would automatically legalize marriage equality in 18 months without action.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 26, 2020
Costa Rica oficialmente reconoce el matrimonio igualitario. Hoy celebramos la libertad, la igualdad y las instituciones democráticas. Que sean la empatía y el amor la brújula que nos permita salir adelante y construir un país donde quepamos todas las personas 🇨🇷🏳️🌈
— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) May 26, 2020
Eager couples legally tied the knot in mainly private ceremonies as a result of the coronavirus. Daritza Araya and Alexandra Qu Castillo became the first same-sex couple to be married, and did so on live TV.
— Álvaro Alberto Zamora Cubillo (@AlvaroZamoraC) May 26, 2020
The supreme court ruling is also in accordance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ call to extend marriage and other rights to same-sex couples. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before other countries follow Costa Rica’s footsteps towards equality for all Latinx people.