The Gap Between Legal Progress and Daily Realities for LGBT People in Latin America

The Gap Between Legal Progress and Daily Realities for LGBT People in Latin America
LGBT rights activists celebrate a Constitutional Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Bogota, Colombia, April 7, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

Courts and legislatures have taken decisive steps to protect LGBT rights in Latin America. But there is a stark difference between the law and day-to-day realities. On Tuesday, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights urged Latin American countries to legalize same-sex marriages and unions, responding to a 2016 petition by Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solis, who has championed gay rights. The decision, one of the most sweeping court statements on same-sex marriage in history, appeared to be the latest sign that Latin America is becoming one of the safest regions in the world for LGBT people, at least legally. […]

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