I am pleased to see the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the equal marriage. The judges said same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory by a 6-1 vote.
In addition, Supreme Court Justice Fernando Castillo explained that, even if lawmakers refused to legalize marriage for LGBTQ couples, the marriage equality ban will be repealed.
President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said the Marriage Act would be amended to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision.
He tweeted: “It’s now just a matter of time, Full equal rights will come, love will prevail. [The court’s ruling,] which confirms the unconstitutionality of the articles that prohibit equal civil marriage, is a big step forward toward equality.”
Costa Rica, therefore, joins Argentina, which had legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, Uruguay and Brazil, which also approved it in 2013, and certain states and cities in Mexico.
Legislator and activist for LGBTQ rights Enrique Sanchez said they “must concentrate on making the adjustments to implement the law and continue to promote a culture of integration and tolerance in society.”
He's right, there is still work. The last survey on marriage equality was not particularly optimistic. It showed that only 30% of the population is in favor of marriage for same-sex couples.
Once again, a great victory has been achieved for equality through a legal battle, which is great news for Costa Rica’s LGBTQ community.