I mention South Africa, New Zealand as well as many European countries including the United Kingdom, France and predominantly Catholic countries such as Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland.
Casa Presidencial presented a bill Wednesday to legalize same-sex common-law marriages in Costa Rica.
Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights celebrated the announcement, even though the government stumbled in its execution of the controversial measure.
Sonia Marta Mora Escalante, the standing committee on human rights of the Costa Rican parliament and a delegation of UN agencies, based in San José.
I would like to highlight one specific issue of urgent concern that all Costa Rican civil society organizations I met with addressed: the need for relationships between two people of the same gender to be legally recognized, preferably by opening civil marriage to same-sex couples.
In all the above-mentioned countries the arguments against opening civil marriage to same-sex couples were weighed, but not considered strong enough.
Not only in the Netherlands, but also elsewhere, conservative politicians have stood up in support of same-sex marriage.
So I don't support gay marriage despite being a Conservative.
I support gay marriage because I'm a Conservative." In Ireland the government was compelled by the Irish Constitution to ask the people in a referendum whether they supported marriage equality.
President Luis Guillermo Solís told reporters Wednesday that his government was committed to human rights and equality for the LGBT community despite the legislative flub.
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the Legislative Assembly should legislate on legal relationships for same-sex couples, noting that the Costa Rican Constitution does not prohibit “homosexual unions.” Still, lawmakers have sat on gay marriage bills for years.
The issue of whether marriage equality would violate the rights of religious opponents was raised during the campaign.