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Costa Rica government to prioritize bill legalizing gay civil unions

Casa Presidencial announced Wednesday that it would prioritize a bill legalizing common law marriage, and another providing other legal protections for lesbian and gays couples. The announcement followed a meeting with LGBT activists who requested action from the Presidency Ministry on the long-delayed bills.

Despite the announcement, the current administration has said it does not support same-sex marriage.

The move would place the bills toward the top of the Legislative Assembly’s priority list. The president’s office has said it will move up the bills by the end of the week, but even that is no guarantee that there will be discussion on them before the extraordinary session closes at the end of April.

The common law marriage and co-habitation bills would allow same-sex couples some of the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, including a legally-recognized relationship and inheritance rights, among others. Neither bill would allow same-sex couples to adopt.

Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zuñiga said her office was working to secure support for the bills in the legislature. She said the co-habitation bill was currently under consideration in the legal matters subcommittee. She did not specify the status of the second bill, which would reform the country’s family law code.

Zuñiga clarified that the Solís administration does not support same-sex marriage. The vice minister said that there was no intention at this point to support a bill presented by Broad Front lawmaker Ligia Fallas to legalize gay marriage.

Fallas’ bill would allow same-sex couples to legally marry, adopt and choose which surname their child would take.

Marco Castillo, president of the LGBT advocacy group Diversity Movement, called the administration’s announcement Wednesday a step forward for LGBT rights in Costa Rica, even if full marriage was not on the table.

Castillo said his group was uncertain whether the bill would have the necessary votes to pass.

“We ask all who support human rights to give us their support in this fight for the rights of same-sex couples,” Castillo said.

Contact Zach Dyer at zdyer@ticotimes.net

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CarlosRJ

Why does it seem that the most hateful and ignorant among us always seem to be the first to offer their tiny-minded opinions? It’s probably because their antiquated points of views and tiresome opinions are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and they are scared. That’s the good news.

It’s easy to be dismissive about other’s rights when you are already privileged and entitled. “Bob and Bob” have every right to form a family as much as you. They should also have the same legal rights of any other couple in terms of health, inheritance and benefits. Period.

Claiming there are “other priorities” is a thinly veiled tactic used by bigots to distract others, and fortunately, the tide has turned away from those backwards attitudes. The same attitude in the 1950s and 1960s would have reasoned that there were bigger priorities than who gets to sit in front of the bus.

So yes, Ben, let’s get it done so that you don’t have to hear about it anymore, and for those of us living in the 21st Century, let’s get it done with so that we don’t have to hear your bigoted trash anymore. And don’t try to deny it, you are a bigot, it’s an ugly word for an ugly condition. Bigotry is a mental illness, but don’t fret; it can be treated successfully by a reputable professional. Seek help, Ben, as so should you Dan Gibson.

I am proud to by gay, I am proud of my relationship of 15 years, and I will fight to gain and protect equal rights. Don’t push me around, go hate somewhere else. My beautiful country of Costa Rica doesn’t need your hate speech as we move closer to a better future. Thank you.

Carlos Rojas Jara

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Antonio Hodgkinson-Soto

I agree with Carlos. I am Costa Rican, gay, married and have kids. Is ok to have a different opinion but at the end of the day we all deserve the same rights and obligations. That will make our society progress.
If you have nothing positive to add then you should keep it to yourselves.

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Ben

Your right with 10% unemployment in CR lets make sure BOB and BOB can get hitched and adopt kids.
So many other thing to think about in CR. But lets get it done that way i never have to hear about it.

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Dan Gibson

Yes that most certainly makes sense — no need to ”prioritize” — 1. Unwed 14 year old girls — 2. Drugs of any kind on any corner in the entire country 3. The Chinese raping of every fish in Costa Rican waters 4. Half the politicians living in homes so far past their income level – corruption and graft is just ”assumed” 5. Crooked attorneys and notaries — etc etc etc — yes sir — I think focusing on marrying ”Bob and Bob” should be the first thing on their list!!

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