SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Lawmakers this week may have accidentally approved a change in the law that could pave the way for marriage equality in Costa Rica.
The change to Costa Rica's Family Code that has caused an uproar states:
“The right to recognition without discrimination contrary to human dignity, social and economic effects of domestic partnerships that constitute publicly, notoriously unique and stable, with legal capacity for marriage for more than three years.”
Some legal experts say the new language essentially opens the door for marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Costa Rica.
One lawmaker who voted to approve the change is now urging Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla to veto the bill. Manrique Oviedo, an Evangelical who is a member of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), said he felt duped because he didn't realize the impact of the change.
José María Villalta, deputy of the Frente Amplio, was quoted by nacion.com as saying that the change is "opening a door for the recognition of the rights of civil unions for same-sex couples."
Luis Liberman and Alfio Piva, the two vice presidents of Costa Rica, are in favor of legalizing equal rights for LGBT citizens.
Click HERE to read about LGBT rights in Costa Rica.
The following video features president Chinchilla discussing same-gender partnership rights. She also told the ticotimes.net that she would not oppose marriage equality.
[UPDATE: President Chinchilla says she plans to sign the bill into law.]