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Two U.S. women marry in Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


A couple of New York women decided to travel to Costa Rica to get married.

They are Dacia Kwiatkowski and Rachel Chase, both residents of Brooklyn, who decided to travel to Cahuita in Limón Province to get married.

The ceremony was attended by 37 people, including family and friends of the couple.

They came to marry in Costa Rica because it was here that they made the first trip together six years ago.

Dacia said, "That visit marked the lives of both of us. We rafted for two days. We explored the jungle in Manzanillo, and from the first moment we felt Cahuita was our own."

"When we decided to get married, we remembered the beautiful national park and the quiet culture of pure life, and we decided that Cahuita would be a great place to begin our married life together. We contacted Gaycations to see if they knew of a wedding planner. Our friends Yeiling and Ernesto took us to Playa Negra Guest House, and we were delighted when we saw the garden," she continued.

The couple met on the subway in New York City. According to Dacia, the train braked quickly and the women collide with each other. From that moment, there was an immediate connection.

After a relationship of five years, the pair decided to go rock climbing. When they reached the top of a cliff, Rachel proposed to Dacia.

She acknowledged that the fact of being a lesbian was not easy at first and that the acceptance of the family is vital.

Dacia said that although they were married in Costa Rica, they must complete all their paperwork and documentation in the United States to make the wedding legal.

"The right to marry is much appreciated because it gives us the right to support each other in difficult times," she said.

Same-sex may be legal in Costa Rica in 18 months, and Dacia said that everyone deserves the opportunity in society to find the person with whom to spend the rest of their lives.


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"Everyone deserves the opportunity in society to find the person with whom to spend the rest of their lives."

Marco Castillo, representative of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans movement, celebrated the event and argued that it provides hope for making this type of union possible in the country.

Castillo also said that it makes them reflect on the importance of guaranteeing human rights, which should not be postponed.

"An activity like this fills us with hope. We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. We do not know if it will take us 18 months or more. The fact that this couple has come here and has done us the honor of getting married here opens an international path of respect for our rights," he concluded.

The Constitutional Court has endorsed equal marriage and gave the legislature a period of 18 months to make changes to the constitution to allow equal married in Costa Rica.


The news was published by the Diario Extra


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