In August of 2018, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica ruled that the country’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. Now, two years later, Costa Rica has witnessed its first same-sex marriage after the country’s ban on such unions was lifted.
That makes Costa Rica the first Central American country to allow same-sex marriages, although five other countries in Latin America have legalized gay marriage.
The pair Daritza Araya Arguedas and Alexandra Quirós Castillo were married in a ceremony in San Isidro de Heredia, a town outside the capital, San Jose, during a ceremony that drew more than 10,000 viewers on a Facebook live stream, NBC News reported.
“You have begun in law what has existed in love,” Ana Cecilia Castro Calzada, the officiant wearing a red face mask, reportedly said. “We celebrate and honor this journey that you have made together as life companions in hope of a day like today: historic for you two and for Costa Rica.”
At the Optimist Daily, we believe love knows no gender. With Costa Rica giving the green light to same-sex marriage, we hope this is just the beginning for the countries of Central America.