Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Breaking News From Costa Rica!! Supreme Court Blocks Anti-Gay Referendum!!

After the situation in Mexico, I thought that it could not get any better...but it has!! The Catholic Church in Costa Rica sponsored a referendum that would ask the citizens of the country if Civil Unions should be allowed for gay and lesbian couples. The Supreme Court said that there would be no referendum, since no majority vote can restrict another disadvantaged minority groups rights.

From the AP.
Costa Rica's top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if same-sex civil unions 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 gay civil unions is a legislative issue and not an electoral one.
The court says it considers homosexuals a group that is at a disadvantage and the target for discrimination, requiring government authorities to protect their rights.
The electoral tribunal had planned to hold the referendum Dec. 5, when Costa Rica also is holding municipal elections.

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