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Ireland says yes to gay marriage in landslide vote

Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent "Yes" vote, further denting the once all-powerful Irish Catholic Church.

Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote

Ireland may be preparing for its coming-out party, with a referendum that could make it the world's first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote.

Costa Rica to punish public workers for LGBT discrimination

Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced an executive order that would punish public workers for discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Besides possible disciplinary action, Chacón said that government institutions must recognize same-sex couples in their definition of family members when requesting time off work if their same-sex partner is seriously ill or dying.

Survey reveals hurdles for aging gay and lesbian couples in Costa Rica

Considering that a group of care workers did not even believe that LGBTI elderly people exist, among other factors, the survey determined that Costa Rica did not have an adequate supply of services and resources for LGBTI senior citizens.

Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination

A recent survey of National Police officers by the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Central America found that 25 percent believed that LGBT people had fewer rights under the law than heterosexuals.

Most Costa Rican police officers don’t believe in equal rights for LGBT community

Only a quarter of Costa Rican police officers believe that LGBT people have the same rights under the law as straight Costa Ricans, says a new study.
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Central American Countries Declare Emergency as Dengue Deaths Rise

A hundred people have died this year from a dengue outbreak in Central America, where the most affected country is Guatemala, with half of...

Maritime Patrols Intensify as Panama Tightens Border Control

Panama reinforced maritime surveillance on Thursday, after closing some passages in the Darién jungle to control the arrival of migrants traveling to the United...

Talamanca Coastal Plan Sparks Controversy and Calls for Investigation

Several environmental organizations and lawmakers have asked authorities to investigate the alleged conflict of interest and influence peddling by occupants of the Maritime Terrestrial...