Costa Ricans split over gay marriage vote for next president
Md. Ali Raj: A result that would mark a sharp turn from the current government’s embrace of gay rights while Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz can capture Costa Rica’s presidency. In a tight race fought over a court ruling ordering the country to allow same-sex marriage, the 43-year-old former TV journalist faces the center-left ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 38. Those Alvarados were taken opposing positions on the January decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights which was an influential regional body based in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. With results expected on yesterday evening, the Polls opened at 6 a.m. local time. As supporters call him Fabricio, he called it an affront to traditional values and sovereignty in the Central American nation. Though, he has won the first round of voting in February, he also threatening to remove the country from the court’s jurisdiction and has shot from the margins to the top of a 13-candidate field.