Costa Rica

Costa Rica election: Same-sex marriage debate dominates campaign

The same-sex marriage debate has rocked the predominantly Catholic state's presidential election.

Costa Rica is heading for a presidential runoff in April, after candidates failed to get enough votes to win Sunday's election.

The issue of same-sex marriage has dominated the campaign and polarised the country after a court ruled that such alliances should be recognised in the country.

But the decision led to a backlash and saw conservative Christian preacher Fabricio Alvarado become the most popular presidential candidate.

Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports.

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