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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    self-interested enlightenment
    I am not familiar with this phrase TC. What does it mean?

    I am not going to google it as google is killing the art of online jovial banter.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    like putting lipstick on a serf
    You leave those serfs alone Tom.

    They are minding their own business and getting along fine without any gay-arsed girly make-up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I am not going to google it as google is killing the art of online jovial banter.
    ...I admire your courage...

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    Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America

    Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so, as a court ruling came into force at midnight.


    Planned celebrations did not take place because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights was broadcast on public television and online as the first weddings were held.

    "This change will bring about a significant social and cultural transformation, allowing thousands of people to marry," said President Carlos Alvarado in the program.

    Costa Rica is the eighth country in the Americas to recognise same-sex marriage -- a group that includes Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina, as well as Canada and the US.

    The move was triggered by a 2018 ruling of the Supreme Court which declared the part of the law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional.

    That ruling gave parliament 18 months to legislate on the matter -- but it did not, so the provision was automatically annulled.

    "Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country -- the first one in Central America," said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet.

    "We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!"

    Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN's Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, called it "an extraordinary moment of celebration" in a tweet posted hours before midnight.

    He expressed "gratitude to the work of so many activists, and of quiet reflection of the lives of those who lived without seeing this moment".: Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America - France 24
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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    "Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country -- the first one in Central America," said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet.
    ...well, hooray, I guess: better late than never...

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    Latest earthquake news for Costa Rica:-

    Latest earthquakes in Costa Rica interactive map & list: past 30 days / VolcanoDiscovery

    ...2 small magnitude 3 events for Tuesday 26th May


    No cyclone warnings:-

    Storms Now - Good (and Bad) Weather Forecasts

    ...fingers crossed

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    Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings

    The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Costa Rica, the first Central American country to equalise its marriage legislation.
    A lesbian couple became the first to tie the knot in a ceremony that took place just after the new law came into effect at midnight.

    The wedding was shown on national TV.

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    Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings - BBC News

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    ...meanwhile:

    Zambian jailed gay couple pardoned in presidential amnesty


    Image copyright: GEORGE WAFULA/BBCImage caption

    Many African countries still enforce strict laws governing homosexualityZambia's President Edgar Lungu has pardoned two men who were jailed last year for having sex with each other.

    Their 15-year sentence triggered a diplomatic row, which ended in the recalling of the US ambassador.
    The two men, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, were listed among the names of nearly 3,000 prisoners to be pardoned to mark Africa Freedom Day, which fell on Monday.

    Zambia is a deeply conservative society where homosexual acts are illegal.
    This was legislation inherited from the British colonial era.


    • Last November, a High Court in the capital, Lusaka, sentenced the two men for having sex "against the order of nature".

    They had booked into a lodge, and a worker peeped through an open window and saw them having sex, the court heard.

    Image copyrightUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE Image caption: Ambassador Daniel Foote was outspoken in his condemnation of the jailing of the two men

    At the time, US ambassador Daniel Foote said he was "horrified" by the sentencing.
    He implored the Zambian government to review the case and its homosexuality laws, but then faced a backlash for his comments.

    'We want him gone'


    The government felt that the ambassador was trying to use the aid money that the US gives as leverage.

    At the time, Zambia's Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji told the BBC the government could not be forced to make decisions "at gunpoint" because of aid.
    In response the diplomat's comments, President Lungu then said that he did not "want such people in our midst. We want him gone".

    Mr Foote was recalled to Washington in December.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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