Mexico: Supreme Court Strikes Down Oaxaca’s Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on February 19th, 2013

MexicoThe Mexican Supreme Court continues to advance the cause of marriage equality i the country, striking down a gay marriage ban in the Mexican state of Oaxaca Monday. Buzzfeed reports:

The ruling not only makes a strong statement about Mexican law’s treatment of equal protection guarantees, it also relies heavily on civil rights rulings handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Although several justices of the American court take pride in not caring what foreign courts say, any who read the Mexican decision will find the court makes an impassioned case for the United States to follow its lead. Writing for a unanimous tribunal, Minister Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea invoked the U.S. cases Loving v. Virginia and Brown v. Board of Education to argue for marriage equality in a way that American activists would be overjoyed to see from a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Buzzfeed cautions that we’re not quite there yet in Mexico, even after this ruling:

Technicalities of the country’s legal system mean that only the three couples who brought this case will be able to marry right away. Mexico City is still the only jurisdiction inside Mexico where marriage between same-sex couples is fully legal; several more lawsuits will have to be brought before that right is available nationwide.

But full marriage equality is clearly on the way in Mexico. Cause for celebration.


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