Costa Rica’s Supreme Court stops civil unions referendum: Rights of minority can’t be put to voters




More great news from our neighbors to the South. In Costa Rica, the Supreme Court won’t allow a public vote on basic rights:

Costa Rica’s top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if same-sex civil unions should be allowed in the Central American country.

The Constitutional Court’s 5-2 decision released Tuesday says such a referendum would put a minority at a disadvantage in a largely Roman Catholic country. It also says gay civil unions is a legislative issue and not an electoral one.

The court says it considers homosexuals a group that is at a disadvantage and the target for discrimination, requiring government authorities to protect their rights.

Article in Spanish here.


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