Ecuador Constitutional Court hears marriage case

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ecuador’s highest court on March 31 heard oral arguments in a case that could extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the South American country.

Judges on Ecuador’s Constitutional Court considered the case of Efraín Soria and his partner, Javier Benalcázar, a gay couple from the country’s capital of Quito who tried to apply for a marriage license last May.

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Costa Rica lawmakers ordered to legalize same-sex marriage

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Costa Rica Supreme Court on Nov. 14 formally released its ruling that says lawmakers have 18 months to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“Acts of open discrimination, whether they are expressed or implied, cannot be justified in any way in a democratic society that respects fundamental rights,” reads the ruling.

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Costa Rican court issues decision on gender identity

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s supreme electoral court has approved a resolution that will allow people to change the name they are registered with to go with their gender identity.

The court is the country’s top authority for the civil register, and its decision also means that the gender a person is registered with at birth will no longer appear on identity documents. The change seeks to avoid discrimination or stigmatizing those who change their gender identity.

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Vocal marriage opponent loses Costa Rica presidential election

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Fabricio Alvarado on April 1, 2018, lost the second round of Costa Rica’s presidential elections. Photo by Iosepe; courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A vocal opponent of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Sunday lost the second round of Costa Rica’s presidential election.

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Marriage opponent wins first round of Costa Rica presidential election

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A vocal opponent of marriage rights for same-sex couples has won the first round of Costa Rica’s presidential election.

The New York Times reported Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party received nearly 25 percent of the vote on Sunday. Alvarado, a Pentecostal minister and singer who is a former journalist, will face off against Carlos Alvarado of the leftist Citizen’s Action Party in the second round that will take place on April 1.

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Landmark ruling recognizes marriage, trans rights in the Americas

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere.

The seven judges who issued the ruling stated governments “must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.” Six of the seven judges also agreed that it is necessary for governments “to guarantee access to all existing forms of domestic legal systems, including the right to marriage, in order to ensure the protection of all the rights of families formed by same-sex couples without discrimination.”

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