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May 23rd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The United Nations welcomed today a decision by Costa Rica’s public health and pension system, CCSS, to grant gay couples coverage on the same terms as heterosexual couples.
The decision extends benefits to the gay partner of a working person, as is currently the case for straight couples that live together in a “free union” or are married.
CCSS board member José Luis Loría proposed the change earlier this month.
Specifically, the decision amends paragraph 15 of Article 10 of the Regulations on Health, which previously defined a partner as a “person, man or woman, who lives in a free and stable union and under one roof with someone of the opposite sex.”
The decision rewords the paragraph to define a partner as a “person, man or woman who lives in union and stably under one roof with another of the opposite sex and/or the same sex.”
UN Resident Coordinator, Yoriko Yasukawa, commended the decision, and also stressed the need for further progress to eliminate all forms of discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people.