Rainbow Revolution in Latin America: The Battle for Recognition

CMI Brief Vol 14 No.1, 2015

3 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015

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Camila Gianella

University of Bergen - Department of Comparative Politics

Bruce Wilson

University of Central Florida; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Date Written: February 25, 2015

Abstract

In a surprising turn of events, a “rainbow revolution” has blossomed in Latin America. In spite of the region’s long history of deep-rooted patriarchy, machismo, homophobia, and political and social marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) people, Latin America is currently home to twenty five percent of the world’s countries with same sex marriage laws. This CMI Brief examines the fight for legal equality in two Latin American countries, Costa Rica and Colombia, exploring the fissures, limits, and complexity of using readily available litigation strategies when popular opinion lags far behind judicial decisions.

Keywords: LGBT rights, Legal equality, marriage equality, Costa Rica, Colombia

Suggested Citation

Gianella, Camila and Wilson, Bruce, Rainbow Revolution in Latin America: The Battle for Recognition (February 25, 2015). CMI Brief Vol 14 No.1, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569620

Camila Gianella (Contact Author)

University of Bergen - Department of Comparative Politics ( email )

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Bergen, N-5007
Norway

Bruce Wilson

University of Central Florida ( email )

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Orlando, FL 32816-1400
United States

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) ( email )

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