Costa Rica lawmakers criticize efforts to delay gay marriage

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05/13/2020

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling from taking effect, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members of a leading political party. Costa Rica’s constitutional court voted in August 2018 to legalize gay marriage, with the ruling to take effect on May 26 of this year. The decision made Costa Rica the first country in socially conservative Central America to recognize that right of same-sex couples to marry. On Tuesday, more than 20 lawmakers attempted to introduce a motion to delay the ruling another 18 months, arguing legislators had not had enough time to review the decision because of other issues, including the novel coronavirus.

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