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Guatemala Congress ramps up prison sentence for abortion, bans gay marriage

Guatemala's conservative-led Congress approved on Tuesday a law ramping up the prison sentence for women who choose to have an abortion, while banning both...

Gay rights across the globe: from marriage to the death penalty

Taiwan on Friday joined nearly 30 mostly Western countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

Increased violence against LGBTI community reported in Costa Rica

"The Ombudswoman's Office received information this week... about cases of verbal and physical aggression towards LGBTI people," read a statement from the office.

Costa Rica calls for compliance with international court ruling on gay marriage

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís called Wednesday for full compliance with the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) that all...

At Pride 2016, we ask: How far has Costa Rica come on LGBT rights?

"We want marriage equality, we want everything that other families have," said Marisol Mayorga, one of the hundreds of people who marched in San José's 2016 LGBT pride parade on Sunday.

Where is Costa Rica on gay marriage? international community asks

The Tico Times spoke with Human Rights Watch’s LGBT Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich about the role of businesses in promoting LGBT acceptance, what Europe could learn from Latin America, and his own experience as a member of the Dutch Parliament fighting for marriage equality in the Netherlands.

Hundreds of gay couples sign up for expanded health insurance coverage in Costa Rica

Hundreds of same-sex couples have successfully applied to insure their partners after the Costa Rican Social Security System board of directors voted to expand health care benefits, a policy that went into effect a year ago Tuesday. Some of the highest acceptance rates occurred in rural areas.

Gay marriage bill signed into law in Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland – Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland on Thursday, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world's first country to vote for gay unions.

Chile promotes civil union law for gay couples

The new law enables unmarried heterosexual or homosexual couples living under the same roof to co-own property, receive inheritance and pension benefits, and make medical decisions.

Pope Francis prays at 9/11 Memorial after UN speech

In a wide-ranging speech at the UN, Pope Francis touched on an array of hot-button topics, including the persecution of Christians, the Iran nuclear deal, drug trafficking -- "silently killing millions" -- and the rights of girls to an education.

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