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LIVIN’ LA VIDA RICAN

With the election of a pro-gay marriage president, Costa Rica just became one of the hottest LGBT travel destinations. Just beware the occasional earthquake.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FOR COSTA RICA

In April this year, Costa Rica voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage by electing Carlos Alvarado as its new president.

In a nail-biting election that became almost exclusively about the one burning topic, he conclusively beat the polls’ frontrunner, evangelical preacher and Christian pop singer Fabricio Alvarado, who ran on a platform defending “traditional values” (and was widely derided as a homophobe).

The election came after the Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled in January that same-sex marriages should be recognised. Carlos Alvarado (unrelated to opponent Fabricio Alvarado despite having the same surname) was not only pro-same-sex marriage, he campaigned with the slogan Elijo el future (“I choose the future”).

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