• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✖ Single only
  • Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Military
    N/A
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned

History

Homosexual activity in Costa Rica

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Current status
(since Apr 17, 2002)
Legal
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Same-sex marriage in Costa Rica

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Current status
(since Dec 21, 1973)
Unrecognized
Article 242 of the family law states explicitly that marriage is between a man and a woman who has cohabited for more than 3 years. The recent movement of "accidental passage" of same sex marriage has not taken effect or exercised.
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Dec 21, 1973–Sep 19, 2018
Legal
Civil Unions and Gay Marriage legalization pending. New president supports same sex marriage. Under the ruling from the Inter American Human rights Ruling in 2018. As well Costa Rican High Court Ruled Article 242 of family law is unconstitutional. To be legal at latest by 2020.
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Right to change legal gender in Costa Rica

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Current status
Legal, surgery not required
Missing non binary options. legal since 2018. Non binary options pending.
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Same-sex adoption in Costa Rica

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Current status
(since Oct 6, 2017)
Single only
Legalization pending. No laws in place for same sex couples.
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LGBT discrimination in Costa Rica

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May 17, 2015–Jun 5, 2018
Illegal
No
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Current status
(since May 17, 2015)
Illegal in some contexts
In addition to the existing HIV/AIDS law, public workers are now also protected. Within federal agencies, same sex partnerships are also required to be recognized as a family when requesting time off for spousal medical emergencies.
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May 20, 1998–May 17, 2015
Illegal in some contexts
General law on HIV/AIDS protects LGBT people from discrimination in some contexts.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Costa Rica

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 1998)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Under the Costa Rican Criminal Code.
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in Costa Rica

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 1998)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
No
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Costa Rica

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Current status
N/A
Costa Rica does not have a military.
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Equal age of consent in Costa Rica

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Current status
Equal
No
Sources:
No
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Blood donations by MSMs in Costa Rica

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Current status
Legal
No restrictions about gay sex
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Conversion therapy in Costa Rica

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Current status
Not banned
Unknown.
Sources:
No
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