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Countries that have legalized same-sex marriage

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 31: TOPSHOT - Same-sex newlyweds Alexandra Quiros (C) and Dunia Araya (R) stand before a lawyer during their wedding in Heredia, Costa Rica, on May 26, 2020. - Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on May 26, becoming the first Central American country to do so and sparking an emotional response from rights campaigners as the first weddings were held overnight. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP) (Photo by EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Costa Rica

On May 26, 2020, Costa Rica became the first Central American nation to legally recognize same-sex marriage. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada tweeted, “Today we celebrate liberty, equality and our democratic institutions. May empathy and love be the compass that guide us forward and allow us to move forward and build a country that has room for everyone.” This was facilitated by a ruling in August 2018, where the national Constitutional Court made all laws preventing such marriages unconstitutional and discriminatory. Several couples celebrated the landmark decision by tying the knot overnight. 

(Pictured) Newlyweds Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya (R) stand before a lawyer during their wedding in Heredia on May 26.

© Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images
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