Costa Rica supreme court: gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Costa Rica's supreme court has given the country's legislature 18 months to change the law to allow gay marriage.

The court voted on Wednesday night to make gay marriage legal, declaring that existing laws banning it were unconstitutional.

Magistrate Fernando Castillo said in a news conference that the laws were inconsistent with an opinion issued in January by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

That court had said countries, such as Costa Rica, that had signed the American Convention on Human Rights had to take immediate action to legalise gay marriage.

Mr Castillo said that if the legislature does not make the necessary changes within 18 months, gay marriage will automatically become legal because the current ban will cease to exist.

PA


Related Articles

Woman dies in Galway house fire

Europa Oil agrees farmout terms for Irish licences

Newmont creates largest gold miner in €8.7bn deal

Red heads get together on Kiss a Ginger Day

More in this Section

Spanish rescuers hope to reach borehole fall toddler in 35 hours

Yellow vest protests continue in France despite Macron outreach

Thousands attend mayor of Gdansk’s funeral

Labour must not rule out second EU referendum, says Starmer


Lifestyle

What’s better for your health – sleeping naked or in pyjamas?

Fixing leeks in the cold snap

How some home truths can help save the planet

Wish List: Some delightfully eclectic products we need in our lives

More From The Irish Examiner