>> Polls opened on Easter Sunday for Costa Rica's presidential run-off, a neck-and-neck race that's pitted a ruling Party candidate against a conservative evangelical. And has been dominated by the debate over the legalization of same sex marriage. Reuters correspondent David Garcia is in the capitol San Jose.>> The run-off election today is seen as a pivotal barometer on how the debate over gay rights is affecting this peaceful Central American country.
And how it could reverberate across the region.>> Fabricio Alvarado Munoz a conservative Christian singer best known for religious dance songs and ballads. Denounced a decision made by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in January, that ordered the country to allow same sex marriage. His opponent Carlos Alvarado Quesada, supports that decision.
A group of women dressed up as characters from The Handmaid's Tale, to protest the conservative candidates policies.>> Supporters of the two rival presidential candidates Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado are doing everything they can to make a lot of noise. You can see cars behind me honking their horns, supporters are waving flags.
Doing everything they can to persuade undecided voters.>> A win for Alvardo Munoz would be a set back for gay rights in Latin America, where several countries have implemented progressive policies in recent years.