Center-left candidate Carlos Alvarado has won a decisive victory in Costa Rica's presidential election. He defeated conservative evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado who based his campaign on opposing same-sex marriage.
The Citizens' Action Party candidate has won a clear victory over his National Restoration Party rival, Fabricio Alvarado Munoz. The second round ballot revealed deep political divisions over gay rights.
Current laws in Costa Rica that prohibit gay marriage have been struck down in a court ruling. Despite the court's decision, same-sex couples in Costa Rica may have to wait over a year to get married.
Two men with the same surname but different political platforms are the presidential choices for Costa Rican voters. An ultraconservative preacher and a former labor minister see gay rights very differently.
Initial results have put evangelical politician Fabricio Alvarado in the lead in the first round of Costa Rica's presidential vote. The election was dominated by a debate on gay marriage in the Central American country.
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