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Costa Rica accidentally approves same-sex unions

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  1. Even if this is an error, let’s hope that they keep this bill in place.

    Manrique Oviedo calims to have been deceived after voting in favour, despite being against same sex marriage. But it is his responsibility as a lawmaker to ensure that he has read the bills going through the judicial process. He is at fault here.

    Good luck Costa Rica

  2. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2013, 12:38pm

    Well let’s hope they see sense and keep it otherwise it’s a case of giving in one hand them taking away just to make sure people know you intend to discriminate.


    “you can’t give rights to those who don’t deserve them.”

    Seriously? What world do these people live on?

    And what makes them think they deserve any rights?

    Bigotry shouldn’t be one of them.

    1. Hello. I live in Costa Rica, which is still legally recognized as being “officially catholic”. Believe it or not, the person who said that phrase was actually in charge of the Human Rights Commission (which caused a major uproar within the LGBT community and also the gay-friendly heterosexual community), Oh, I forgot to mention: he is an evangelic pastor.

      This “accident” is a step towards progress, and hopefully it will pass and start to cause some real change.

  3. Mihangel apYrs 4 Jul 2013, 1:04pm

    “you can’t give rights to those who don’t deserve them.”

    Rights aren’t given otherwise they wouldn’t be “rights”.

    Civilised countries merely come to recognise them

    1. Mark Cross 4 Jul 2013, 3:00pm

      Thomas Jefferson wrote in the US Declaration of Independence that “men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. I bristle at the religious reference — he probably did too in his heart of hearts but included the reference for political reasons — and describing a right as unalienable is rather redundant, but the spirit of his words and the spirit of your words are the same. I too hope this “mistake” sticks in Costa Rica. May there be many, many more such mistakes made worldwide! :)

      1. Thomas Jefferson was a Deist – believing in the existence of a higher power, but rejecting organized religion.

  4. If the bill is not passed, this would be another reason to never set foot in Costa Rica, nor to ever provide them with foreign aid again. I see no reason why LGBT rate or tax payers should have support a country that says we’re not deserving of legal protections. If that is their view, they can fend for themselves.

  5. Spanner1960 5 Jul 2013, 10:55am

    The headline made me laugh out loud.
    Most countries spend years arguing over the minutiae of this legislation, and this country do it by accident.

    “What? You said tick the box, I didn’t see the other box… Sorry. What do you mean you haven’t got any Tip-ex? Oh sod it then, nobody will notice…”

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