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Laura Chinchilla.

When Laura Chinchilla is sworn in as Costa Rica's first female president May 8, one of the challenges she faces is defining the relationship between the state and the Catholic church. The country's constitution calls Costa Rica a Catholic nation, but some want a secular state. Chinchilla has pledged to work in collaboration with the Catholic church, and she has appointed a special commission to "stabilize" the church-state relationship. Hot button issues, all opposed by the church, include: homosexual marriages, artificial contraceptives and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
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Title Annotation:PEOPLE
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:May 14, 2010
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