Gay marriage bill passed – by accident
Gay marriage is already legal in over a dozen nations worldwide, but Costa Rica may yet set a remarkable precedent – by being the first to allow same-sex unions by mistake.
The Costa Rican parliament voted for a change to its 'Law of Young People', which covers social services and marriage laws. It was only once the bill had passed did conservative lawmakers realise their liberal counterparts had inserted language that could open the door to civil unions for gay couples.
The wording was written into the legislation by a member of the left-wing Frente Amplio party and outraged Christian conservatives have demanded that Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla veto the legislation when it crosses her desk. (© Independent News Service)