Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz has managed to take the lead in the first round of presidential votes in Costa Rica on Feb. 4 and is set to face ruling-party contender Carlos Alvarado Quesada in a runoff in April.
National Restoration Party candidate Alvarado Munoz, 43, won the first round of votes on Sunday with his strong views against same-sex marriage. His opponent, on the other hand, is a supporter of gay marriage, Reuters detailed.
"We propose the sovereignty of the family as the fundamental basis of society," said Alvarado Munoz after the result of the first round was announced. "Costa Rica has sent a message to traditional parties - never again will they meddle with the family."
Alvarado Munoz received 24.8 percent of the votes after results came in from 80 percent of the ballot boxes, while Alvarado Quesada got 21.6 percent. Antonio Alvarez Desanti, the candidate who got the third highest number of votes, had already conceded on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, a group of women appeared as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" when they voted in the elections. The group issued a statement explaining that their outfits were their way of protesting against "a fundamentalist threat" in their country, The Tico Times reported.
In addition, the group said they were expressing their support for a secular state where true equality exists, at the same time acknowledging that there was still more to do to reach that goal. The Costa Rican women added that their votes were also votes for their freedom and safety.
Based on Costa Rica's electoral rules, the candidates will proceed to a runoff vote if none of them gets 40 percent support during the first round. The runoff on April 1 is reportedly seen to be a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage.