Costa Rica and every other country where same-sex marriage is legal

Costa Rica's Civil Registry will begin processing the marriage registrations on May 26

Stars Insider

14/05/20 | StarsInsider

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Costa Rica will soon see same-sex weddings. The Central American country has just legalized equal marriage, with same-sex marriage registrations to be processed beginning May 26.

Reports PinkNews: "In August 2018, the country’s Supreme Court finally ruled that it was unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from getting married, and set a time limit of 18 months for the legislature to implement changes through law."

Indeed, of the planet’s 195 countries, not even 40 have legalized same-sex marriage yet. By contrast, same-sex sexual activity is illegal in over 70 countries across the globe.

Still, the world has undoubtedly come a long way since the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, this in 2000.

Canada became the first North American country to do so (in 2005); South Africa the first, and still only, in Africa (2006); Norway was the first Scandinavian country (2009); Argentina the first in Latin America (2010); New Zealand the first Asia-Pacific country (2013); and in May 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Add to this more than 20 other examples, all with their own intricacies, from court rulings to parliamentary votes.

To find out more, click through the following gallery and discover all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

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