Everything has changed in the last minutes. The latest polls showed little difference between the two candidates. At the end, Carlos Alvarado Quesada won the presidential election with more than 20 percentage points difference against Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz.
Alvarado Muñoz was primarily leading the course. His based his campaign on his vigorous opposition to marriage equality. Well, Costa Rica has elected the other candidate who is in favor of marriage for same-sex couples.
Equal marriage has become an important issue in Costa Rica after the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last January. Remember this court has ordered Costa Rica to recognize and guarantee all rights arising from same-sex family relationships. This concerns Costa Rica but also other South American countries and islands in the Caribbean that have not legalized same-sex marriage yet.
“My commitment is to a government for everybody, in equality and liberty. There is much more that unites us than divides us,” Quesada said.
This victory of Carlos Alvarado Quesada is definitely a positive sign sent to the LGBT community. President Quesada will take office in May. He promised that everything would be done to allow marriage equality shortly thereafter. Of course, he won't be the only one to decide but it is already a good thing to have the president in favor of the law.