In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Nineteen years later, Costa Rica has done the same. It wasn’t an easy fight, but after the Costa Rican Supreme Court deemed the country’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in 2018, congress was given eighteen months to correct the ban. If the correction didn’t happen, an automatic lift of the ban would occur. Way to lay down the law, right? Well, the Costa Rican legislature didn’t act so when the clock struck midnight on the final day of the eighteen-month period, the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted. Same-sex couples scheduled ceremonies, and celebrities around the world shared their support of this historic moment. Costa Rica is the twenty-ninth country to legalize same-sex marriage.
June 19, 2020