The first same-sex marriage in Costa Rica has been blocked because of a difference of opinion in the nation’s government.
Earlier this year, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
Countries under their jurisdiction were told to start recognizing same-sex unions. The push for same-sex marriage goes directly against the growing opposition from the Catholic church. The decision to expand this right in Latin American came just days before Pope Francis visited Peru and Chile.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is a governing body representing 23 countries in the Americas, including Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
Now, the same country behind the petition for increased LGBTQ+ rights is arguing over the power hierarchy. The victim is the country’s first same-sex marriage since the decision. According to NewNowNext, Roberth Castillo and Mario Arias planned to get married but hit a roadblock when a notary council refused to register their marriage. The council referenced a national law that banned same-sex marriage. The president of Costa Rica ordered government agencies to follow the ruling while Costa Rican lawmakers changed the law to allow for same-sex marriage.
“There’s nothing stopping the road to equality, but the truth is we don’t know how long it will take to get there,” the couple’s attorney Larissa Arroyo said, according to Reuters.
The couple has postponed their wedding as they wait for the Costa Rican government to make a decision.
“The Superior Notary Council’s agreement not only contradicts the opinion, but also the position of the Executive Power regarding the ruling,” Costa Rica Justice Minister Marco Feoli said in a statement.