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May 26th, 2006
The Costa Rica Constitutional Court (SALA IV), turned the thumbs down on gay marriages in Costa Rica.
Do ya think maybe the fact that by the Catholic Church had anything to do with the results? The Costa Rican constitution makes the Catholic Church the official state religion, and about 80% or more of the country is Catholic. Obviously, this came as no surprise to anyone considering the Church’s stance on the gay and lesbian lifestyle.
Interestingly though, there does not appear to be a strong “street bias” against gays. One of my companies has a fairly large gay clientele and in three years I have never heard of an unpleasant incident. My wife is Tica and I have never heard one negative word from any of our Tico friends nor from her family… though occasionally I have heard resistance to the “marriage word”. Further, there is a large and fairly well known gay population and a number of quite excellent hotels and resorts that cater to gay travelers.
With that in mind, I would think that someday soon, laws permitting some form of civil union will be sent to the legislature. I hope that passes. It seems a ton of people have far less objection to the use of the words “civil union or similar) than to the word marriage. Quien sabe! It might stand a chance. To ME, it is just silly that there is always such a fight just to grant common rights (insurance, death benefits, etc) to ANY group of people.