All of them have one thing in common: They name Notivida, an extremely homophobic religious Spanish-language site based in Argentina that calls itself a "News-bulletin related to the promotion and defense of human life and the family" as the original source.
Although I understand that most LGBT press does not have the resources or staff to monitor, translate and /or investigate issues related to LGBT issues throughout Latin America and mostly rely - instead - on international news feeds from UPI, EFE, AP, Reuters and others for their reporting, it is still problematic to me when these news just retread what Latin American conservative sites say about these issues (just imagine these and other LGBT news publications exclusively relying on Focus on the Family press releases for articles on LGBT rights!).
I personally brought the issue a few years ago to Bruce C. Steele, current Editor in Chief at The Advocate, when I noticed a similar problem about a blurb on gay rights in Puerto Rico (in that case I was told that the actual source was the AP). Mr. Steele proved to be candid and extremely open to suggestions on the improvement of their coverage of issues related to the Latino LGBT community and, to be fair, their coverage of Latino LGBT issues has indeed improved greatly under his direction.
Now, as you know, Blabbeando has been following the developments in Costa Rica closely (see below for past entries). And, even by our journalist standards, we could have told Sirius and The Advocate that some key information is missing from yesterday's blurb.
- Attorney Yashin Castrillo went to court to challenge already existing language in Costa Rica's Family Code - not the constitution - limiting marriage to that between a woman and a man.
- While the Court ruled 5-2 against Castrillo, in an interesting development, they also used the ruling to encourage the government to seek "an appropriate norm to regulate these type of unions, specially if they bring conditions of stability and loyalty."
There are also renewed efforts by Costa Rican LGBT rights advocates to engage the government in making sure that they follow the Court's mandate to study other options that might be available to recognize same-sex partnerships.
- Costa Rican court ratifies same-sex marriage ban (May 24, 2006)
- Costa Rica's highest court hears challenge to same-sex marriage (May 12, 2006)