Costa Rica: Lawyers Say Recognition of Same Sex Unions Still Blocked

Written by scott on July 6th, 2013

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Think Costa Rica now recognizes civil unions or marriage for same sex couples? Not so fast, constitutional lawyers say. Gay Star News reports:

The text, included in Paragraph 4 of the Law of Young People, recognizes ‘the right to recognition without discrimination contrary to human dignity, social and economic effects of domestic partnerships that constitute publicly, notoriously unique and stable, with legal capacity for marriage for more than three years’. The legal capacity, however, has been established Paragraph 6 of Article 14 of the Family Code, which by law prohibits the marriage between people of the same sex. The attorneys suggest that the amendments to the Law of Young People do not in effect change Article 242, which states that only a man and a woman can possess the ‘legal capacity’ to marry, or also enter into a civil partnership with all the corresponding rights and benefits.

It may have to be worked out in the courts, unless the legislature passes another bill to undo the change.

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