Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2023

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.

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