Daritza Araya Arguedas and Alexandra Quirós Castillo became the first same-sex couple in Costa Rica to wed early Tuesday, the first day gay marriage became legal in the country, according to local news reports and the advocacy group Sí, Acepto. After years of campaigning by the pro-marriage-equality group Sí, Acepto, Carlos Alvarado Quesada was elected president in a “resounding” victory in 2018 on an explicitly pro-gay-marriage platform.
Police in Costa Rica seized more than five tonnes of cocaine bound for the Dutch port of Rotterdam in the country’s largest ever drugs bust, officials said. Authorities on Saturday found the cocaine in Costa Rica’s Caribbean port of Limon, stashed inside a shipping container of decorative canopy plants bound for the Netherlands. The drugs had an estimated street value of about 126 million euros in Holland, Costa Rica’s security minister Michael Soto said.
Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party won Costa Rica’s presidential election by a large margin, supporting same-sex marriage celebrating the rule of a government ‘up to date with the times.’ Alvarado’s main opponent Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz openly campaigned against same-sex marriage. Alvarado won easily with 60.8% of the vote.