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Costa Rica's top court halts referendum on same-sex unions

Catholic World News - August 11, 2010

Costa Rica's highest court has ruled against a national referendum on whether the government should approve civil unions for same-sex couples.

The court said that the referendum, scheduled for December 5, would be unfair because it would endanger the rights of homosexuals. The court said that homosexuals should be recognized as potential victims of discrimination, deserving of government protection. The question of civil unions should be addressed by the legislature, not the public at large, the justices said.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 11, 2010 4:58 PM ET USA

    Letting people vote for something that the majority know is right can only bring in the politicians and judges who are the only ones who really know better to ensure that it doesn't happen. We all know that we can't be trusted to know better - just ask Pelosi (who knows her catechism) and company - that's why we won't ever have national referendums!

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