Tag Archives: Central America

COSTA RICA: Pro-Gay Candidate Elected President In Race That Was Largely Fought On Same-Sex Marriage

The Washington Post reports: Costa Rica’s governing party won a big presidential election victory Sunday as many voters rejected an evangelical pastor who had jumped into political prominence by campaigning against same-sex marriage. The head of the Supreme Electoral Council, Luis Antonio Sobrado, said that with 95 percent of ballots counted Sunday night, Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action ...

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COSTA RICA: Court’s Ruling For Same-Sex Marriage Vaults Evangelical To Front-Runner In Presidential Race

The Associated Press reports: An international court ruling saying Costa Rica should allow same-sex marriage has upended the Central American nation’s presidential race, turning an evangelical candidate who opposes it from an also-ran with just 2 percent in the polls into the leading contender in Sunday’s vote. Following last month’s decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Fabricio Alvarado, ...

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Costa Rica To Comply With International Court Ruling For Same-Sex Marriage, Many Other Nations Pending

The BBC reports: The Inter-American Court Of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognised. The court’s rulings apply to countries which have signed the American Convention on Human Rights. Some of the signatories already recognise same-sex marriages while others recognise same-sex civil unions. But others, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru do not ...

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Panamanian First Lady Leads Pride Parade [VIDEO]

Critica Panama reports: The music, dances, flags, flashy costumes and slogans of equality of rights and against discrimination were the elements that accompanied thousands of people who participated in gay pride march this Saturday, July 1. The event began at 4:00 pm, led by First Lady Lorena Castillo de Varela, United States Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, Mayor of the ...

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BELIZE: Supreme Court Legalizes Homosexuality

The Belize News reports: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today found that Section 53 of the Criminal Code which criminalizes consenting intercourse between adults of the same sex contravenes the right granted by the Constitution of Belize to no interference with a person’s dignity and personal privacy, as well as equality and equal treatment of all persons before the law. So ...

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HONDURAS: Leading LGBT Activist Found Murdered

Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: A prominent LGBT rights activist in Honduras was murdered this week. La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, reported Rene Martínez’s family reported him missing on Wednesday after he left his home in the city of San Pedro Sula’s Chamelecón neighborhood and got into someone’s car. La Prensa reported that Martínez’s relatives identified his body ...

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GUATEMALA: Anti-Gay Comedian Elected President In Landslide Win Against Former First Lady

Anti-gay television personality Jimmy Morales has been elected president of Guatemala in a landslide win against a former first lady. And according to Breitbart, that means television personality Donald Trump will probably beat a former first lady too. They write: Because worldwide political trends are often contagious, the outcome of Guatemala’s presidential election could have a serious effect on the ...

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COSTA RICA: Federal Government Submits Bill To Legalize Same-Sex Common Law Marriages

The Tico Times reports: Casa Presidencial presented a bill Wednesday to legalize same-sex common-law marriages in Costa Rica. Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights celebrated the announcement, even though the government stumbled in its execution of the controversial measure. Bill 18.483 would reform several articles of the family code to formally recognize “stable” relationships of more than three ...

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COSTA RICA: Judge Grants First Common Law Gay Marriage In Central America

Via the Tico Times: A Costa Rican judge has granted the first openly gay common-law marriage in Central America, said Francisco Madrigal, political affairs director for the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Central America (CIPAC). On Tuesday morning, news broke that Gerald Castro and Cristian Zamora, a gay couple in the city of Goicoechea, north of ...

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NICARAGUA: Laws Banning Gay Adoption And Same-Sex Marriage Go Into Effect

Via Agence France-Presse: A new legal definition of what constitutes a family took effect in Nicaragua on Wednesday, drawing ire from gay groups who say it massively impacts their rights. The so-called Family Code, which was first agreed in June 2014, establishes marriage as only being “between a man and a woman.” Aside from barring gay marriage, the definition precludes ...

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COSTA RICA: Survey Shows Some Cops Approve Of Abusing LGBT People

Costa Rica is generally regarded as relatively LGBT friendly, so this is disturbing. Via Inside Costa Rica: In the survey, in which nearly 500 police, traffic, and immigration officers responded, 17.7% said they felt it was acceptable to demand bribes from gay people while 20.4% found it acceptable to detain gay people without probable cause. A further 15.7% said they ...

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COSTA RICA: Newly Elected President Flies Rainbow Flag Over Casa Presidencial

Via the Tico Times: Just over a week since taking office, President Luis Guillermo Solís made history Friday morning when he became the first Costa Rican leader to raise the rainbow flag of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement on even mast with the Costa Rican red-white-and-blue tricolor on the lawn of the Casa Presidencial. Vice President Ana Helena ...

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EL SALVADOR: Gay Marriage Ban Fails

An attempt to place a ban on same-sex marriage into the national constitution has failed miserably in El Salvador. According to Spanish news agency EFE, only 19 out of 84 lawmakers on Friday voted in favor of the ban. The measure, which cleared the chamber in 2012, defines marriage as between a man and a woman and their children. It ...

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HONDURAS: Activists March On Attorney General Over Epidemic Of Gay Murders

Globovision reports that 22 LGBT people have been murdered so far this year in Honduras. Five were murdered this month alone. Via Google Translate: Members of the gay community of Honduras on Monday marched to the Attorney General to clarify and justice for the murder of about 22 companions so far in 2013, five of them in the last month. ...

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HONDURAS: American Libertarians To Build New City Free Of Taxes

The Honduran government has granted permission for the construction of a new city that will be completely free of income, sales, and capital gains taxes. The city will be built by an American investment group of libertarians that says it will use the state of Texas as a model for the few laws they will put in place. Proponents say ...

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CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize Court May Decriminalize Homosexuality

Homosexual acts between men are presently illegal in the tiny Central American nation of Belize, with punishments as harsh as ten years in prison. But according to the quite nasty alert I’ve just been forwarded, Belize’s sodomy law will be reviewed by the nation’s highest court on December 5th. The homosexual organization UNIBAM (United Belize Advocacy Movement) and Caleb Orozco ...

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PANAMA: Lesbian Couple Jailed For Kiss

Onscreen clip translation by Andres Duque at Blabbeando. He reports: On Sunday, 32 year old Valentina Hernandez (right) and her 23 year old girlfriend were enjoying a romantic walk down the streets of the historic Casco Antigüo colonial district of Panama City when she stopped to give her girlfriend a kiss. Hernandez, a psychologist by profession, reached out to Panamanian ...

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COSTA RICA: Supreme Court Rules Marriage Referendum Unconstitutional

Andres Duque translates the good news. The Supreme Court in Costa Rica ruled (today) that a referendum scheduled for December 1st which would have banned marriage rights for same-sex couples was unconstitutional. The article does not give the vote total but says that the majority determined that the issue of marriage rights was a judicial issue and not an electoral ...

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Costa Rica Considers Marriage Vote

Costa Rican LGBT activists are fighting an effort by the Catholic Church to force a public vote on legal recognition for same-sex relationships. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) approved a proposal made by four lawyers, backed by 150,000 signatures — 20,000 more than are legally required — calling for the referendum, rather than the legislature, to determine whether to allow ...

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COSTA RICA: High Court Suspends Gay Marriage Referendum

Costa Rica’s highest court has orderd that an upcoming vote on same-sex marriage be suspended because it might violate the nation’s constitution. The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections. The court ...

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