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 Post subject: Evangelical Protestant ... Loses in Costa Rica Easter Runoff
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Evangelical Protestant Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage Loses in Costa Rica Easter Runoff
By Tyler O'Neil April 2, 2018 ... er-runoff/

The struggle over gay marriage in Costa Rica dates back to May 2006, when the nation's Supreme Court ruled against the practice. The 5-2 decision ruled that the country's Constitution did not require a legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The first bill to legalize gay marriage popped up in March 2015, and the Citizens' Action Party announced its support for same-sex marriage in December 2016.

While Alvarado Quesada won the election, Alvarado Muñoz's surprising political boost should still indicate Costa Ricans' general discomfort with a foreign court attempting to dictate laws for a sovereign country where most people do not agree with same-sex marriage.

The fact that an evangelical Protestant from a marginal party emerged as a primary competitor for the presidency in a predominantly Roman Catholic country should still undermine the LGBT inevitability narrative. The same-sex marriage candidate did win, but he also represented the ruling party (the party whose previous president who won 68 percent in the 2014 election).

Costa Rica may not immediately follow Bermuda, the first country to repeal same-sex marriage, but this election is not the LGBT victory some might suggest, either. Alvarado Muñoz did much better than ever would have been expected, and it seems his opposition to same-sex marriage catapulted him just shy of the presidency.
The entire article is worth a read.

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