Showing posts with label Gay Marriage Costa Rica. Show all posts
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December 23, 2018

Costa Rica Decrees Extending LGBT Rights


San José (AFP)
Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community.
These measures will allow same-sex couples to receive an allowance for housing that is given to low-income families, recognizes mixed nationality homosexual couples and extend the recognition of gender identity to migrants, amongst others.
Earlier this year, the government recognized the gender identity of Costa Rican transsexuals.
One directive states that it is in the public interest to allow transsexuals to undergo hormone replacement therapy through the state health system.
"We are recognizing that there are some rights enjoyed by the majority of the population, while others don't enjoy those rights," said Alvarado.
"What these measures are doing is implementing the equality that was missing."
Nisa Sanz, an activist for the family rights of homosexual couples, said these measures were settling a historic debt with people who have long been the victims of discrimination but said there was still some way to go before achieving equality.
"There still needs to progress in marriage for all. The only legal measure that guarantees full family protection is marriage equality," she said.
In August, the Supreme Court ordered parliament to legalize same-sex marriage.
The court's ruling included a clause that will automatically legalize marriage between homosexual couples if parliament has not already passed such a law before May 2020.

August 13, 2018

Costa Rica Votes down Ban on Gay Marriage and Orders It Be Enacted by 2020

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The Costa Rica Supreme Court has ordered the Central American country to enact marriage equality legislation by 2020, declaring the current Costa Rica Family Code “unconstitutional and discriminatory.”

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Photo: Fotogenia/Getty Images

President Carlos Alvarado welcomed the Wednesday-night ruling on Twitter, writing, “We continue to deploy actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that the state’s protection will be given to all families under equal conditions.”
Costa Rica Supreme Court justice Fernando Castillo clarified that any bans on marriage equality would automatically voided in 18 months, regardless of whether legislators stepped up or not. But Enrique Sanchez, the first out member of the Costa Rican legislature, is doubtful a new law will be passed in that time frame, especially since nearly a quarter of the legislature are evangelical Christians.
“What I see happening is that the [ban] will simply be declared unconstitutional in 18 months’ time,” Sanchez said, according to Germany’s Deutsche Welle.
In January, the the Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that nations that have signed the American Convention on Human Rights have to recognize same-sex marriage— or at least the rights associated with it. Costa Rica is among the two dozen countries that signed the convention, and marriage equality became a major issue in the April presidential election. Evangelical singer Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, President Alvarado’s opponent, promised to reject the Inter-American Human Rights court’s ruling if elected, calling it “an affront to traditional values.” Despite Costa Rica’s predominant Catholic constituency, Alvarado (below) won 60% of the vote.

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Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado celebrates victory earlier this year.

Should lawmakers pass a gay marriage law, it would make Costa Rica the first country in Central America to recognize marriage equality. (Same-sex marriage is valid in certain parts of Mexico.)
But that’s by no means a foregone conclusion: According to the Pew Research Center, more than 60% of Costa Ricans oppose same-sex marriage. In January, parents blocked the entrances to more than a dozen elementary schools and kept their children at home to protest what they called the “gender ideology” being taught in sex education classes.

 Dan Avery

April 7, 2018

Costa Rica Elects Pro LGBT Youngest President Ever with 60% of Vote (Span and Eng.Visual)

Costa Rican's are Intelligent, loving people. They rejected a homphobic Evangelical singer Preacher for a young writer, center -left. An educated young man. Costa Rica faced going back decades to going forward. They decided that religion and politics does not mix. History and the present show us that when people forget that on elections, they will pay. Only when prosperous nations have abandoned the ties between two separate forces which usually go on different directions, have they seen a better life.

Politics is supposed to give the people what they need,  from protection, health, to an economy with jobs for today and next month, next year hopefuly until retirenment.

Religion is based either on the past or a future which no one knows when it will come and it is based on destruction first. Many religious people tend to worry more about what happens to them when they die than what good for others and this earth they can do to improve our lives. A religious sister of mine said she was "voting for Trump so the world will already burn and Jesus will come again." Sounds familiar? It's been said in many ways if not those words. If everyone thought like that, already the dinosurs would be roaming the earth again.
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April 2, 2018

Costa Rica's Election Which Hinged on Gay Marriage Went [60%] to The Pro LGBT Candidate Carlos Alvarado

From BBC Latest on Costa Rica's Elections

 Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica's presidential candidate, is set to be the country's next leader after elections on Sunday. 
Costa Rican presidential candidate Carlos AlvaradoCosta Rica's electoral council made the announcement based on ballots from 91% of polling stations.
Mr. Alvarado won 60% of the vote to his conservative opponent's 39%, the near-complete count shows.
His rival Fabricio Alvarado (no relation) has conceded defeat.

Alvarado versus Alvarado

Carlos Alvarado, 38, is a former labor minister, ex-journalist, novelist and sometime rock singer. He ran on a progressive platform under the slogan Elijo el Futuro (I choose the future).
Fabricio Alvarado, 43, is an evangelical preacher, one-time TV journalist, and Christian music singer. He was standing for the conservative National Restoration Party (PRN) and had vowed to defend "traditional values".
In the first round, Fabricio Alvarado secured the most votes but missed the number needed to win outright. 
That left him facing Carlos Alvarado in a second-round vote. Poll predictions put the candidates neck-and-neck in the weeks leading up to voting day.

What were the election issues?

Points of debate included fears about Costa Rica's national deficit and the unprecedented rise of its murder rate.
But the close-run contest pivoted on the debate over legalizing same-sex marriage.
In January, the Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that gay marriages should be recognized - a decision applied to all signatory nations of the American Convention on Human Rights.
Fabricio Alvarado strongly opposed the ruling. Carlos Alvarado backed it, and branded his opponent homophobic.  Single-issue contest
Will Grant, BBC Mexico, and Central America Correspondent
With the result now irreversible, many Costa Ricans are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Plenty of voters weren't necessarily in love with the ruling party's candidate, Carlos Alvarado, but saw the idea of handing the presidency to his opponent - a former evangelical pastor who had railed against the "secular state" - as unthinkable. 
In the end, the election hinged on one key topic: same-sex marriage. The evangelical conservative candidate, Fabricio Alvarado, was only able to secure around 40% of the vote as Costa Ricans sided with them and a degree of continuity in office. 
Supporters of Carlos Alvarado pose with a rainbow LGBT pride flag on 1 April, 2018.The Central American nation has a tradition of political stability and it didn't take long for the defeated candidate to concede an election which had been expected to be much closer.

Image copyrightREUTE Supporters of Carlos Alvarado pose with a rainbow LGBT pride flag

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April 1, 2018

Anti Gay Evangelicals in Costa Rica Threaten to Derail The Election on The Issue of Gay Marriage

The unusual but beautiful Costa Rican Frog

 Conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz is in a tight race with his center-left ruling party rival ahead of a run-off on Sunday to decide Costa Rica’s presidential election, their campaigns are driven by dueling views on gay rights.Alvarado Munoz, a 43-year-old former television host shot to the top of the polls in January soon after denouncing a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that month which called for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The fight over whether gays and lesbians should be able to marry has overshadowed other pressing issues like a growing budget deficit seen limiting funding for public safety and social programs while crime is rising. 
The election is seen as a barometer for the mood in Latin America, where countries that passed laws favoring same-sex unions in recent years hold presidential elections over coming months. 
Costa Rica, one of the region’s more prosperous and stable countries, was ruled by a two-party dynasty until 2014 when first-time candidate Solis rode an anti-corruption wave to power. 
The unraveling of the old order raises the possibility that a significant number of Costa Rica’s 3.3 million voters will decide at the last minute.  
“The absence of party identification leads to a couple of very unusual conditions: lots of voters who are undecided plus an unprecedented volatility in voter preferences,” said Ronald Alfaro, a pollster at the University of Costa Rica. 
The bitter race has laid bare divisions between urban professionals who want political leaders to embrace modernity and an older, more rural society that favors traditional ways. 
Alvarado Munoz(picture below) has pledged to fight what he calls the “secular state” and “gender ideology,” to eliminate sex education in schools and maintain strict restrictions on women’s access to abortion. He says he would stiffen penalties for corruption and unleash an “iron fist” against crime, but has said less about budget priorities or anti-poverty measures. 
*Who Are These Evangelicals?
There are two things which are offsprings of extreme conservatism and extreme religion, usually in this case fundamentalist evangelicalism whose preaching is not caring too much about this physical life since they are going to have a better one latter one when Jesus come back or when they die.
 Some even want the failure of governments to rush down the pike so the second coming would hurry up and come so they can be with their king. Yes, they believe in kings and monarchies.  We do know kings don't do well in democracies which is the opposite. They don't believe :man: can have all those liberties and not get into trouble and lose their eternal lives. So they have never been friends of democracy except to have the opportunity to grow and preach their message like they are not allowed in their prefer forms of government which is federalism, capitalism and for even communism if they are given the freedom to coexist.
 They prefer what they link with the respect of the past to law and order and power of the parents to decide everything about their children and decry today's laws with parental control on books they have to read in school, fashion and people having the freedom to do as they want since they believe their life has to be sacrificed by living as the bible reads. They don't say one should pray but one should "pray incessantly" because that is the way the bible describes it.  Believing people should do as the good book says. Pray every awaken hour is how they interpret that passage. People who believe in god and the bible but are not evangelicals would see that passage as telling them to pray and think of god every chance they get. In other words is a reminder that one should prayVs. Pray every awaken hour even if its brings discomfort which is an order! 
 They don't care about budgets or the everyday wheels of governemnt as long as the right of preaching is done. Who cares if people are hungry and don't have a lot of money if in the next live they will have more than they need. Sacrifice now, don't enjoy now, not even sex because that is for procreation. On the other hand, there are some Federalists among them that believe the governemnt should not do much for people and not collect much in taxes and they should be given full reign with little or no regualations to work hard and acquire the fruits of their labor which would be to get ultra rich like you see some pastor's and others that support those particular believes being ultra rich and they don't have a problem with  Christ saying, "it would be easier for a man to enter thru the eye of a needle than a rich man thru the door of the kingsom of god". 
“This is the biggest fundamentalist threat that Costa Rica has ever faced,” said Julia Ruiz, a 36-year-old accountant, while she and her girlfriends tried on dresses inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a web TV series based on the anti-totalitarian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. 
The women plan to wear the dresses as a protest against Alvarado Munoz’s socially conservative agenda. 
Alvarado Quesada faces his own detractors, especially those fed up with the unpopular outgoing government. 
The candidate has sought to dodge accusations of corruption plaguing the Solis administration by launching a plan to halve the budget deficit while providing social assistance to the country’s poor and protecting minority rights. 
Additional reporting by Alvaro Murillo; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Richard Chang
*Adam Gonzalez, 5yrs of Seminary studies in Divinity, Evangelism, the History of the Christian Church

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