Sunday, July 27, 2008

Protesters march against same-sex couples rights

Dressed in white t-shirts, some 20.000 people jammed Paseo Colon, in San Jose, yesterday to express their views in opposition of a legislative proposal to allow same-sex couples the rights of spouses.

The march began at 8 a.m. in front of the Hospital San Juan de Dios and ended shortly before noon at the La Sabana park.

The event, organized by the Evangelical Costa Rican Alliance Federation, gathered people from all over the country.

"We are making a call to legislators against the proposal that is currently before the Legislative Assembly, that would consent the union of homosexuals", said Reynaldo Salazar.

The Legislative Assembly's commission on human rights is studying a proposal that would legalize same-sex unions. The proposal was made in 2006 from various gay community groups.

The proposal if approved would give gay couples the right to dispute communal property and the right to receive alimony.

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