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Costa Rica first in Central America to legalize same-sex marriage

Christian Fernsby |
Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize gay marriage Tuesday despite a strong Catholic presence.

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Topics: COSTA RICA   

The Supreme Court in August 2018 ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional and gave parliament 18 months to amend laws. The provision was automatically annulled after parliament failed to act.

President Carlos Alvarado Queseda hailed the ruling, saying "today we celebrate freedom, equality and democratic institutions."

Conservative opposition leader Fabricio Alvarodo, who lost an election bid in 2018, said "God is still God" on Twitter and protested the landmark Supreme Court ruling.