Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court bars letting referendum decide civil unions

by on August 11, 2010  •  In Family law

Costa Rica's Constitutional Court has ruled against allowing a referendum on whether to establish civil unions for gay couples. The referendum, sought by Catholic groups, would have been held in December; observers expected a majority of voters to reject civil unions.

According to AFP, the ruling stated: "Minority rights that are derived from claims against the majority cannot be subject to a referendum process where majorities are needed." Instead, the court said, such rights should be granted by politicians and the courts. The court's decision cannot be appealed.

Civil unions legislation was introduced in 2008 but has stalled. In its current form, the draft legislation would offer gay couples some of the rights available to heterosexuals, such as those related to inheritance, health insurance and hospital visits.

[Source: Pink News]


One Response to Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court bars letting referendum decide civil unions

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