Costa Rica Contemplating Gay Adoption Ban

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Sep 21, 2007
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Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly is poised to outlaw adoption either by same-sex couples or by mixed-gender couples in which one partner may be gay or bisexual.

The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Childhood and Adolescence Commission of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, will now proceed to the Assembly’s main floor for debate, according to a story posted yesterday by

The measure seeks to add language to the existing Family Code’s article 107. A new paragraph to the article would stipulate that "adoptions, made by title to an individual or pair, in which one or both people have shown a sexual orientation toward people of the same sex" would be prohibited.

News of the measure, including its wording, was included in a statement issued by the Libertarian Movement Party.

President of the Childhood and Adolescents Commission, Mario N˙˝ez, who is a member of the Libertarian Movement Party, said, "Members of this commission are committed to the emotional, psychological, social and material well-being of minors, which is why, going beyond the desires of a social minority, we should legislate thinking only of the superior interest of the child."

Continued N˙˝ez, "The state should make sure that minors in this condition are given to families whose base is [that of] heterosexual, monogamous matrimony, as is established in our Constitution, Family Code, and Christian principles."

"The commission’s arguments are totally stereotypical," said Abelardo Araya, president of GLBT group Diversity Movement.

Added Araya, "Sexual orientation has nothing to do with whether or not one is fit to take care of a child."

Araya condemned the measure as a "retrogression of human rights in Costa Rica."

Araya continued, "It’s highly discriminatory. From the outside, Costa Rica seems like a country where human rights are respected, but in reality there are acts of systematic discrimination happening every day. It’s an embarrassment."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor, writing about film, theater, food and drink, and travel, as well as contributing a column. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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