Costa Rica Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Legalization With Stunning Lesbian Wedding Ceremony

As of today, May 26th, Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriages.

Literally minutes after the law passed, the nation celebrated with the very first lesbian wedding.

Read on for the full beautiful story.

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The LGBTQ community won a long-fought battle in Costa Rica, as the nation became the first in South America to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Today, just moments after the law went into effect, they celebrated all of that hard work with a beautiful midnight marriage ceremony.

 Daritza Araya and Alexandra Qu Castillo became the very first lesbian couple to tie the knot in Costa Rica.

The tweet above roughly translates to: Congratulations on marriage to everyone, Costa Rica! Great pictures live on state TV of the marriage between Daritza & Alexandra!

While officials and the LGBTQ community originally planned on celebrating in person with parties and parades, the global COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible.

Instead, like many Pride events, the celebration moved online.

The commemoration of the event actually began on Monday night, and it streamed out through Trece Costa Rica Television and on YouTube and Facebook.

It featured a historical review on how the people of Costa Rica fought for this right, as well as messages from local and international personalities.

LGBT President Commissioner for the Population, Luis Salazar stated.

Same-sex couples have waited for many decades for the recognition of their rights on equal terms. They pay the same taxes as any other citizen, they have the same obligations under the law, but sexual orientation became a discriminatory condition to deny them their rights.

Back in 2018, the Constitutional Chamber decided this ruling will take effect on Tuesday, May 26th.

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More same-sex couples join Daritza & Alexandra in commemorating the event

While Daritza & Alexandra may have the honor of making history with their ceremony, they’re not the only couple celebrating today.

Already, other gay and lesbian couples joined (or plan to join) Daritza & Alexandra in making history.

The first parties will be either very small ceremonies or virtual ones, due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

According to Salazar, in 2000 the Constitutional court asked the Legislative Assembly to start working on this, and since 2010 they’ve been working on ways to legalize gay marriages.

He said.

There is a lack of political will, there has been no interest in safeguarding the rights of the LGBTI population.

In January 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights determined, at Costa Rica’s request, that a same-sex couple has exactly the same rights as a heterosexual rights.

Based on that, the Family Code preventing same-sex marriages was declared unconstitutional by Sala IV.

Legislators had 18 months to come up with a new set of regulations.

Even if they did issue new regulations, the legalization of same-sex marriages was going through either way.

A wonderful milestone in Costa Rica history

Gia Miranda, the director of  Sí Acepto Costa Rica said.

A legal change does not imply that there is a social change, but it is an enormous advance, a wonderful milestone in the history of Costa Rica.

She believes that right now, the country will no longer have second-class citizens, and more families will be legally protected.

According to the numbers, in Costa Rica there are more than 1,140 home parental families. Now, their kids will finally be protected by the law.

We have to turn the page, we have to understand that this has nothing to do with religious beliefs, it has to do with basic rights.

As expected, social media went crazy, and everyone is excited about the facts.

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