• Costa Rica Real Estate

Gay marriage postponed in Costa Rica due to legal impediment

January 20, 2018

A Venezuelan-Costa Rican couple has postponed what would have been the first gay wedding in Costa Rica following a pronouncement from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) in favor of same-sex unions.

The couple made the announcement hours after Costa Rica’s Superior Notary Council prohibited its members from carrying out marriages between people of the same sex until a reform in local laws takes place.

“We’ll postpone the wedding… but we’ll continue with the fight,” Mario Arias, 28, of Costa Rica, who had planned on getting married on Saturday to Roberth Castillio, 25, of Venezuela, told AFP.

He indicated that the notary who was going to carry out the wedding recommended that the couple postpone the ceremony, scheduled for Saturday night at a gay bar in San José.

The couple said that they plan to file suit against Notary Council – and they’re not alone in seeking explanations.

Justice Minister Marco Feoli asked the Notary Council for explanations of actions in a letter to the council. Two of the three members of the council are named by the Justice Ministry.

The minister pointed out in the letter that CIDH’s opinion, emitted on Jan. 9, is binding for all member states, and that Costa Rica’s government institutions must comply.

“The Superior Notary Council’s agreement not only contradicts the opinion, but also the position of the Executive Power regarding” the ruling, Feoli wrote. President Luis Guillermo Solís has already called on Costa Rican institutions to comply with the ruling, although he said this process may be “gradual” and require extensive dialogue.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol
Costa Rica
3796 views
Costa Rica
3796 views

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

Costa Rica's Health Ministry last week issued a sanitary alert over liquor that has been sold to the public containing…

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal
Costa Rica
533 views
Costa Rica
533 views

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

The 193,000 cruise passengers who arrive annually to Costa Rica’s Caribbean will soon enjoy renovated facilities. The Costa Rican government…

Costa Rica named as Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination
Costa Rica
834 views
Costa Rica
834 views

Costa Rica named as Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 18, 2019

Costa Rica was named "Mexico & Central America's Leading Destination" at the 2019 World Travel Awards Latin America. Considered the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!