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September 23, 2013

Fight continues for same-sex unions in the Latin American country as a court sets a legal precedent

Costa Rica has closed its gay marriage loophole after it was ‘accidentally’ approved in July.

Earlier this year, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill that some said was a legal gateway to recognizing same-sex unions.

When the Conservative lawmakers realized their mistake, they demanded President Laura Chinchilla to veto the bill.

September 23, 2013

Fight continues for same-sex unions in the Latin American country as a court sets a legal precedent

Costa Rica has closed its gay marriage loophole after it was ‘accidentally’ approved in July.

Earlier this year, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill that some said was a legal gateway to recognizing same-sex unions.

When the Conservative lawmakers realized their mistake, they demanded President Laura Chinchilla to veto the bill.

July 10, 2013

Archbishop of San José, Hugo Barrantes, has called the union of gay people ‘unnatural’ and accused minority groups of ‘imposing’ themselves on the majority

Three gay couples are fighting for their right to be married after they were ‘accidentally’ legalized by conservative lawmakers in Costa Rica.

Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, confirmed they would appear in family court to apply for legal recognition of their relationships today (10 July).

One of the couples, Fiorella Bruno and Ana Cristina Binsa, said they were applying in order to have hospital visitation rights, partner benefits for public health insurance and inheritance rights for their son.

July 10, 2013

Archbishop of San José, Hugo Barrantes, has called the union of gay people ‘unnatural’ and accused minority groups of ‘imposing’ themselves on the majority

Three gay couples are fighting for their right to be married after they were ‘accidentally’ legalized by conservative lawmakers in Costa Rica.

Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, confirmed they would appear in family court to apply for legal recognition of their relationships today (10 July).

One of the couples, Fiorella Bruno and Ana Cristina Binsa, said they were applying in order to have hospital visitation rights, partner benefits for public health insurance and inheritance rights for their son.

July 6, 2013

Constitutional lawyers say that same-sex couples still lack the ‘legal capacity’ to enter into any type of civil unions.

Experts claim Costa Rica is no closer to allowing same-sex unions.

In a landmark ‘mistake’ this week, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill some believe could be a legal gateway to same-sex partnerships.

July 6, 2013

Constitutional lawyers say that same-sex couples still lack the ‘legal capacity’ to enter into any type of civil unions.

Experts claim Costa Rica is no closer to allowing same-sex unions.

In a landmark ‘mistake’ this week, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill some believe could be a legal gateway to same-sex partnerships.

July 5, 2013

President Laura Chinchilla says the anti-gay lawmakers who are furious they accidentally approved of gay rights is not enough of a reason to veto the bill

Costa Rica gay couples will have same-sex unions as the president says she will legalize a bill that was ‘accidentally’ approved by lawmakers.

The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions.

July 5, 2013

President Laura Chinchilla says the anti-gay lawmakers who are furious they accidentally approved of gay rights is not enough of a reason to veto the bill

Costa Rica gay couples will have same-sex unions as the president says she will legalize a bill that was ‘accidentally’ approved by lawmakers.

The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions.

July 3, 2013

A political crossfire has broken out in Costa Rica as lawmakers argue over whether or not they approved same-sex unions in a bill that passed earlier this week

Costa Rican lawmakers seem to have accidentally approved same-sex unions.

According to Costa Rican newspaper La Nación, a project labeled to ‘reinforce the quality of life in the country's youth’ also contained clauses about changing the Family Code to include same-sex unions.

The bill that 45 MPs approved last night challenges Article 242 of the Family Code, which only recognizes legal partnerships as between a man and a woman.

May 6, 2013

President Barack Obama announced his support of new immigration laws that would allow American citizens to apply for visas for their same-sex partners

President Barack Obama said he supports a new immigration bill that includes same-sex couples.

The new legislation, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, would allow US citizens to sponsor their foreign same-sex partners for a green card.

Speaking at a press conference in Costa Rica on Friday (3 April), Obama said: 'The LGBT community should be treated like everybody else. That's the essential core principle behind our founding documents. The idea that we're all created equal and we're equal before the law.

April 22, 2013

Piero Marini, ex chamberlain of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, said that 'gay couples need civil unions, but we can not call them "marriage"'

Archbishop Piero Marini, the chamberlain to former Pope Benedict, has said the Catholic Church is changing and called for civil unions for gay couples.

Marini, who was a senior official for the conservative Benedict, recognized ‘same-sex couples need civil rights and civil unions. But we can not call them “marriage”’.

Speaking at a bishops’ meeting in Costa Rica, Central America, Marini commented also on the new Pope, Francis: ‘Now we can breathe fresh air, the church is changing.’

March 11, 2013

After a massive public outcry and court intervention, Spanish medic and proponent of Ex-Gay therapy, Jokin de Irala, was forced to cancel his planned public lecture in Costa Rica

Professor Jokin de Irala, known for outspoken views that homosexuality is a 'curable disease' and an 'epidemic', was forced to cancel a planned lecture on the subject in an international convention in Costa Rica.

Irala, a Spanish medical doctor, was due to speak on 7 March on the subject of 'curing' homosexuality, at the 5th Central American Congress of Bioethics that was held in Costa Rica.

March 11, 2013

After a massive public outcry and court intervention, Spanish medic and proponent of Ex-Gay therapy, Jokin de Irala, was forced to cancel his planned public lecture in Costa Rica

Professor Jokin de Irala, known for outspoken views that homosexuality is a 'curable disease' and an 'epidemic', was forced to cancel a planned lecture on the subject in an international convention in Costa Rica.

Irala, a Spanish medical doctor, was due to speak on 7 March on the subject of 'curing' homosexuality, at the 5th Central American Congress of Bioethics that was held in Costa Rica.

March 4, 2013

From Amsterdam to Australia and South Beach to San José, we check out some of the world’s most exciting gay hotels

From an urban resort in New York City with a 5,000 square feet spa, to a rooftop pool and bar in Barcelona or an unbeatable location between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in Australia, the world of gay and gay-friendly hotels and accommodation offers far more than you may realize.

February 28, 2013

GSN brings you insights into some of the emerging trends in gay travel

Thinking about planning your next trip? Unsure where to go, what to see, or things to do?

Relax – GSN is doing the hard work for you. We caught up with a couple of travel industry experts to bring you the latest and greatest in gay travel.

We spoke with Aaron Davis – founder of Venture Travel and Robert Sharp, co-founder of OUT Adventures.

February 25, 2013

The head of Costa Rica's human rights commission said gay sex has 'bad consequences' and its cure must be discussed by the country's lawmakers

President of Costa Rica's commission on human rights, Justo Orozco, wants a Spanish doctor to present his idea of 'curing' gays to the country's congress.

Orozco stated on Wednesday (20 February): 'I would love the doctor to come to the Legislature. His views are very compatible with what we believe'.

'Homosexual relations carry bad consequences.

February 25, 2013

The head of Costa Rica's human rights commission said gay sex has 'bad consequences' and its cure must be discussed by the country's lawmakers

President of Costa Rica's commission on human rights, Justo Orozco, wants a Spanish doctor to present his idea of 'curing' gays to the country's congress.

Orozco stated on Wednesday (20 February): 'I would love the doctor to come to the Legislature. His views are very compatible with what we believe'.

'Homosexual relations carry bad consequences.

October 6, 2012

Gay Star News brings you our readers’ guide to the world’s beaches for ‘gay beach time’ (also known as GBT)

Whether your hemisphere is about to descend into the depths of winter or if you’re basking in spring’s warm sunshine - it’s always important to have a plan as to when and where you’re going to get your next dose of GBT or gay beach time.

Gay beach time is about enjoying the best that summer has to offer, maybe you’ve got a new pair of swimmers to show off, you’re rocking a new pair of sunglasses, or you just fancy topping up your tan by promenading slowly up and down a busy foreshore.

August 29, 2012

US gay couple sues United Continental Airlines over claims staff removed a dildo from their luggage and taped it to the outside so others could see it at baggage claim

Staff of United Continental Airlines allegedly humiliated a gay couple by removing a dildo from their luggage and taping it outside the bag for all to see in the baggage claim area.

In the last few days the couple from Virginia, USA, identified by Courthouse News as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, have taken court action against United Continental Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage.

June 17, 2012

Thousands of Costa Rican LGBTs and their supporters have taken to the streets to protest the appointment of a Human Rights Commission president who actively opposes gay rights

Thousands of LGBT Costa Ricans and their supporters took to the streets of San Jose on Saturday morning in what they called a March of the Invisibles to protest for the rights of marginalised people and to ensure the separation of church and state in the country.

The march was the culmination of an online campaign which saw 15,000 people sign a petition calling on the president of Costa Rica’s Human Rights Commission, Justo Orozco, to resign.

June 14, 2012

Pastor Justo Orozco, leader of Costa Rica's human rights committee, has 'evidence' that being gay can be reversed

The leader of Costa Rica's human rights commission publicly claimed homosexuality is a sin that can be cured.

Justo Orozco, a Protestant minister and legislator, told national newspaper La Prensa: 'Unfortunately I do believe that, because it was written in the Bible,' said Orozco.

'I have evidence. Here in churches in the province of Heredia I know someone like that who became straight.'

In fact most scientists and leading health bodies agree that gay 'cure' therapy does not work and can actually do serious damage.

June 14, 2012

Pastor Justo Orozco, leader of Costa Rica's human rights committee, has 'evidence' that being gay can be reversed

The leader of Costa Rica's human rights commission publicly claimed homosexuality is a sin that can be cured.

Justo Orozco, a Protestant minister and legislator, told national newspaper La Prensa: 'Unfortunately I do believe that, because it was written in the Bible,' said Orozco.

'I have evidence. Here in churches in the province of Heredia I know someone like that who became straight.'

In fact most scientists and leading health bodies agree that gay 'cure' therapy does not work and can actually do serious damage.

May 11, 2012

Alfio Piva and Luis Liberman believe same-sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples

Costa Rican vice presidents Alfio Piva and Luis Liberman have endorsed equal rights for gay couples.

In an interview with Amelia Rueda news website, the leaders spoke in favor of gay rights, including inheritance, social security and loan applications but opposed adoption rights and were adamant about not equating same-sex civil unions with marriage.

April 30, 2012

Chants of 'being indifferent is not indecent' disrupted business at the 102-year old establishment 

Chelles restaurant in Costa Rica was told to 'kiss customers goodbye' yesterday (29 April) for discriminating against gays.

Over 100 protestors assembled to take issue with the bar in San José for throwing out a lesbian couple.

Anti-discrimination group Beso Diverso (Diverse Kiss) organized the protest to demand that Chelles bar publicly apologize for discriminating against the couple.

Chelles bar refused to served the lesbian couple and their friends last month after the lovers were seen kissing.