Costa Rican Supremes block referendum on gay unions

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-15T16:18:49-04:00 August 19th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ruled Aug. 10 that a voter referendum scheduled for Dec. 5 that could have banned same-sex unions was unconstitutional.
The court’s constitutional arm ruled 5-2 that marriage rights are a legislative issue, not a matter for voters, and that minority rights should not be subject to the referendum process. The court said that people in same-sex relationships “form a group that is subject to disadvantages and discrimination, and require the support of public authorities to obtain their rights.”

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