Costa Rica’s Progress on Marriage Equality Should Inspire the Region

Costa Rica became the first Central American country to allow same-sex marriage on May 26. This is no small political feat in a country where the issue divided voters in the 2018 presidential race, and in a sub-region that is markedly religious and socially conservative. Earlier this month, lawmakers even came to physical blows around an unlikely legislative motion to delay the constitutional court’s 2018 ruling to allow marriage equality from taking effect.