Costa Rica Introduces Same-Sex Common-Law Marriage Bill

A bill was introduced by the Costa Rica presidential office yesterday, which will legalise same-sex common-law marriages.

For those of you wondering, a common-law marriage grants all the benefits of a traditional marriage. This includes inheritance rights, social security, public insurance benefits and hospital visitation rights.

However, there is a caveat. It will require the approval of a judge after a couple has been together for three years or more.

According to information provided by the Tico Times, Bill 18.483 will amend several articles of the family code to formally recognise “stable” relationships of at least three years between two people, regardless of their “sex, identity, sexual orientation or choice.”

Despite the fact that the move was naturally celebrated by LGBTQ+ advocates, they were also not shy to point out that the government did fumble in the execution of the bill.

In a report posted by The Times, the bill presented on Wednesday was actually the second attempt this week to propose a same-sex marriage common-law bill after making a last minute change  when they realised the bill they wanted to present expired almost a year ago.


Despite the fumble, though, President Luis Guillermo Solís of the centre-left Citizen Action Party (PAC) said that his government is committed to human rights and equality for LGBTQ+ people.