Costa Rican lesbian couple faces hearing for ‘detriment of the family’

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01/21/2019

A lesbian couple in Costa Rica is being sued by the state for their 2015 marriage. According to the lawsuit, their crime is ‘falsedad ideológica en perjuicio de la familia’ (ideological falsehood to the detriment of the family). Laura Flórez-Estrada and Jasmin Elizondo married in July 2015 due to an error in the Registro Civil (Civil Registry). The state is also suing the couple’s two witness and the notary who registered their marriage. Same-sex couples currently do not have the right to marry in Costa Rica, although that could soon change. In November, the country’s Supreme Court ruled the Family Code, which disallows same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. They said if no new legislation was drawn up within 18 months, same-sex marriage would automatically become legal.

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