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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    Unknown
    Military
    N/A
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #21 out of 119 countries surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(33%) Not a good place
Good place (61%)

History

Homosexual activity in Costa Rica

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Homosexual activity in Costa Rica is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 17, 2002
Legal
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Same-sex marriage in Costa Rica

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Same-sex marriage in Costa Rica is legal.

Current status
Since May 26, 2020
Legal
Same-sex marriage in Costa Rica has been legal since May 26, 2020 as a result of a ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice. Costa Rica was the first country in Central America to recognize and perform same-sex marriages.
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Dec 21, 1973–May 26, 2020
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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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Costa Rica

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Costa Rica is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Costa Rica, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Costa Rica

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Right to change legal gender in Costa Rica is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
Missing non binary options. legal since 2018. Non binary options pending.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Costa Rica

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Costa Rica is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Costa Rica

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LGBT discrimination in Costa Rica is illegal in some contexts.

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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LGBT employment discrimination in Costa Rica is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Under the Costa Rican Criminal Code.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Costa Rica

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LGBT housing discrimination in Costa Rica is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Same-sex adoption in Costa Rica

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Same-sex adoption in Costa Rica is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Homosexuals serving openly in military in Costa Rica

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Costa Rica is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Costa Rica does not have a military.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Costa Rica

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Blood donations by MSMs in Costa Rica is legal.

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

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Conversion therapy in Costa Rica is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Unknown.
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Equal age of consent in Costa Rica

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Equal age of consent in Costa Rica is equal.

Current status
Equal
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