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Costa Rica may have legalized gay civil unions

/ 08:51 AM July 06, 2013

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Conservative Costa Rican lawmakers are mortified that they may have accidentally approved language making same-sex unions legal when they passed a piece of legislation this week.

President Laura Chinchilla on late Thursday signed the bill governing social services and marriage regulations for young people.

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The mostly conservative members of Congress didn’t notice that the final version of the bill had changed earlier language that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

After realizing they had approved a bill that “confers social rights and benefits of a civil union, free from discrimination,” the lawmakers asked Chinchilla to veto the new law. She has refused.

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Conservative lawmakers say they’ll launch a legal challenge to the new law which they say goes against family values.

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