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  • The ruling paves the way for same-sex couples to appeal for the right to marry.

    The ruling paves the way for same-sex couples to appeal for the right to marry. | Photo: AFP

This is the first time that such a union has been allowed on the Central American island.

A Costa Rican family court has ruled for the first time in favor of a same-sex civil union, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to demand equal marriage rights.

Gerald Castro and Cristian Zamora have been living together of 12 years and began their legal battle for recognition of their union in 2013, which was finally approved Tuesday in the Family Court of Goicoechea, San Jose.

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It is likely that with Costa Rica’s conservative right wing the decision will be appealed.

Costa Rica becomes the latest Latin American country to allow civil unions, with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet recently signing a new law.

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