Costa Rica to allow gay couples to share benefits
May 25, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica--Costa Rica's social security administration has agreed to allow same-sex couples to share health and pension benefits, even though the conservative Central American country bans gay marriage.
The decision, announced Thursday by the agency, comes in response to a long-standing demand from the gay rights movement in the religious country.
Centrist President Luis Guillermo Solis — elected at the beginning of April — cheered the decision.
"Costa Rica woke up to good news," Solis wrote Friday on a social network.
"I feel very satisfied with the decision by social security to authorize the enrollment of same-sex couples and the fundamental right to access at the hospital."