Costa Rica Supreme Court has just declared that the country's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Legislators will have 18 months to change the current law granting same-sex couples equal marriage rights; if they fail to do so in the alloted time period, the ban will automatically dissolve.
The Associated Press reports:
“Magistrate Fernando Castillo said in a news conference that the laws were inconsistent with an opinion issued in January by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. That court had said countries, such as Costa Rica, that had signed the American Convention on Human Rights had to take immediate action to legalize gay marriage.”
Congrats Costa Rica!