And some people are freaking out about it.
It’s ridiculous that same-sex marriage has yet to made legal in this country. Love is love, who cares what uglies you happen to be bumping when it’s the soppy stuff that matters. How can governments deny people the right to marry based on ancient prejudice? We need to hurry up and legalise putting a ring on it, regardless of gender. Like Costa Rica.
Well, sort of. Although same sex unions have been technically approved as of this week, it appears government lawyers are arguing the whole thing was a misunderstanding. MPs voted in favour of passing a bill to “reinforce the quality of life in the county’s youth”, apparently without reading the small print. One clause of the act concerned the acceptance of same-sex marriage into Costa Roca’s Family Code, and stated “the right to recognition without discrimination contrary to human dignity, social and economic effects of domestic partnerships that constitute publicly, notoriously unique and stable, with legal capacity for marriage for more than three years”. Which I reckon pretty clearly translates as “yup, we’re down with gay marriage now”.
Yes, it’s a pretty big cock up to pass a bill without meaning to but whatever, here’s to equality, right?
Sadly not. Manrique Oviedo, who works for Citizen Action Party is said to be pressuring Costa Richen president Laura Chinchilla into reversing the decision. Oviedo claims the case to amend the Family Code must be reviewed as “You can’t give certain rights to people who don’t deserve them”. Various Christian churches are reportedly very disgruntled by the news too with many actively protesting for the bill to be repealed.
Gay people don’t deserve rights? Even though they’re clearly people, and therefore automatically entitled to those rights? Get over yourself Oviedo. There should be no place for bigotry and hatred in today’s governments, especially not when we’re talking about who does and doesn’t deserve “rights”. FYI that would be everyone, gay, straight or, sadly, even a complete twat.
This isn’t the first time there’s been debate over marriage equality in Costa Rica but hopefully, even if it was accidental, the bill will stick.
In other accidental same-sex news: Accounting company accidentally rebrands themselves as gay magazine
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