Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica officially declared that same-sex marriage will be legally recognized by 2020. The court issued a 287-page ruling declaring that lawmakers had a deadline of 18 months to institute marriage equality. Legalizing marriage equality was a major campaign promise by President Alvarado Quesada, who took office in May 2018.

“It’s now just a matter of time. Full equal rights will come, love will prevail,” Alvarado Quesada tweeted following the decision.


Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding was blocked in January of this year by notaries who refused to recognize it until laws forbidding same-sex marriage were changed. The ban was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in August.