February 15th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) With an abrupt announcement on Wednesday, the executive branch called off the “cohabitation societies” bill, which was intended to offer legal protections for gay couples. The bill was in third place on the agenda of the Legal Affairs Committee.
Congresswoman Carmen Munoz, of the Citizens Action Party (PAC) and a strong promoter of same-sex unions, questioned the decision by the executive branch.
On her Facebook account, Munoz said the government claims the bills was removed from the agenda because the committee had too much on its agenda. Munoz questions this claim, however, based on the fact that the committee had a total of 6 agenda items, where the bill was place third, leaving other bills lower on the agenda which could have been axed instead.
Meanwhile, PAC party candidate, Luis Guillermos Solis, said the attitude of the president on the issue could put the country on the verge of another condemnation by the Court of Human Rights.
“With this decision the President evades her responsibility and puts the country on the verge of another sentence in the Court of Human Rights by continuing to postpone the rights of a group of Costa Rican society,” argued Solis.