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Costa Rica becomes 1st Central American country to legalize same sex marriage

The first same sex marriage took place in Costa Rica right after the landmark law became effective at the midnight of the same day.

“Today, Costa Rica officially recognizes same-sex marriage,” President Carlos Alvarado Quesada wrote on Twitter.

Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya were among the lovebirds who tied the knot on Tuesday, holding a marriage ceremony in Heredia.

The couple exchanged vows, kissed as the guests threw petals.

The first same-sex marriage ceremony was broadcast as the culmination of a three-hour programme celebrating marriage equality.

Marriage equality came about after the constitutional court declared in August 2018 that a ban on same-sex weddings was unconstitutional and discriminatory.

The court gave Costa Rica’s parliament 18 months to change the law.

Costa Rica is the sixth country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, following most recently Ecuador, which allowed it last year. It is also permitted in some parts of Mexico.

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