Costa Rica: Could Accidental Civil Unions Become Law?

Written by scott on July 5th, 2013

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The other day, we reported on how Costa Rica “accidentally” passed civil unions as part of a larger bill – the provision apparently slipped by conservatives unnoticed. Today we have more details, from The Inquisitr:

The language was written by Jose Maria Villalta, a member of Costa Rica’s leftist Broad Front Party. The language confers social rights and benefits of a civil union that is free from discrimination. The lawmaker attached the measure to a reform of the Law of Young People. The reform covers social services for young people, as well as laws that govern marriage. He explained: “During the discussion in the first debate, we explained that the Law of Young People should be interpreted with this sense of opening to gays and no one objected.”

Costa Rica’s president says she will sign the bill. Gay Star News reports:

The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions… in a video posted on AmeliaRueda, Chinchilla rejected the calls saying: ‘No, we’re going to go forward and I will sign this law. ‘We understand that the debate is over how some interpret the law and this alone is not sufficient for the executive to veto the law.’

It’s not a huge surprise – President Chinchilla (love that name) has in the past indicated that while she does not support marriage equality, she could support some other form of legal recognition for same sex couples.

Still, we’re not out of the woods yet, as the Inquisitr notes:

The law allowing same-sex marriage in Costa Rica is unlikely to hold, even if President Chinchilla doesn’t veto it. It would still have to hold up in court, where it would most likely lose out. Current polls show the majority of Costa Ricans still oppose gay marriage.

But the conversation has started in Costa Rica, and as Anita Bryant learned to her detriment, that’s half the battle.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Costa Rica.


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