Costa Rica court blocks referendum on civil unions for same-sex couples

Posted by the Associated Press on

"Costa Rica's top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if civil unions for same-sex couples 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 civil unions for same-sex couples are a legislative issue and not an electoral one.

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

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