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Court Deals Blow to Costa Rican Loophole on Gay Marriage

A bill passed in the Costa Rican legislature in July which contained language that appeared to offer a path to legal same-sex marriage in the country offered hope to gay couples but now a court appears to have ruled against the loophole, the Costa Rican Times reports:

SerranoWe knew that the next step in trying to get this loophole recognized as law in Costa Rica was for it to be ruled on in the Costa Rican court system to set legal precedence in the country. 

The first case has been rejected but the fight will continue.

The Family Court of San Jose closed the loophole that was key to the gay marriage movement in Costa Rica.
This court rejected the request of Alberto Gonzalez and Lorenzo Serrano whom were asking for recognition of their civil rights as a couple to get married.

But the Family Court ruled the Family Code only applies to the unions formed between a man and a woman.
Gonzalez and Serrano have seven years of living together in Escazu and stated that they will continue to fight for civil recognition of their union.

The Tico Times adds:

The couple’s lawyer, Marco Castillo, president of LGBT organization Diversity Movement, said that they had already appealed the judge’s decision and are waiting for a response. The Supreme Tribunal of the Family Courts will hear the appeal.

“We’re hopeful that the Family Court will resolve the matter favorably and that we hope we can move forward with this law because the law is clear,” Castillo told The Tico Times.

González and Serrano were one of several couples who applied for a same-sex domestic partnership on July 9, following the approval of a reform to the Young Person Law. The amendment states that common-law marriages shall be granted without “discrimination contrary to human dignity.”

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  1. I love costa rica. I was vacationing there before and found a small gay community in tamarindo. it was hush hush in 2006 so i'm glad things are changing but oh the process is such a process.

    Posted by: Alexander | Sep 23, 2013 12:48:43 PM

  2. Boycott Costa Rica. Demand your Congressperson vote against any funding whatsoever of American taxpayer dollars. Costa Rica wants to discriminate against the gay community fine, we can spend our tourist dollars where they are wanted.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 23, 2013 1:54:58 PM

  3. I shouldn't have to explain why it would be silly to expect the United States to take some kind of action against Costa Rica for not legalizing same sex marriage lol

    Posted by: JMC | Sep 23, 2013 3:04:58 PM

  4. Sea monkeys.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 24, 2013 2:34:56 AM

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