Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will be able to marry as of May 26, when a judicial provision that authorizes these marriages enters into force.
“Before the pandemic, we had a big party planned at the national level,” Gia Miranda, executive director of the Sí Acepto Costa Rica campaign, told AFP.
The broadcast will include the first marriage between two women at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.
With 5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica is a religious country and its constitution establishes Catholicism as the official religion of the State.
In the event that Congress did not legislate on the subject (which it did not), same-sex marriage would automatically become legal when the 18-month term expires May 26, 2020.
“A legal change does not imply that there is a social change, but it is an enormous advance, a wonderful milestone in the history of Costa Rica,” she said.
She indicated that there are more than 1,140 families in Costa Rica headed by same-sex couples, according to the 2011 census, and the legal change implies their children will have full protection under the law. »