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Baja California Official Stops Same Sex Wedding

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Baja California - Apple MapsLast week, the Mexican Supreme Court cleared the way for a same-sex couple in Baja California to get married. But yesterday, a local official did everything she could to block the wedding.

SDGLN reports:

Outside the Mexicali City Hall, anti-gay protesters prayed and shouted slurs… A judge stood by to marry the couple, and a local television station began a livestream broadcast of the historical moment. The small room at City Hall was crowded with the media along with family and friends of the couple. The mood was upbeat.

But then Rosa Maria Real, who is charged with officiating marriages with the Mexicali government, showed up to stop everything in its tracks. She told everyone: “I know nothing” about a marriage today, according to a tweet by Sandra Dibble @sandradibble, who covers Baja California news for U-T San Diego. Nevermind that their names were listed in the Civil Registry, El Mexicano reported. Her remarks sparked screams of protest.

The couple’s attorney, Jose Luis Marques Saavedra, objected and eventually got on a phone with federal officials seeking to hold the government of Mexicali in contempt of the Supreme Court. Then there was a bomb threat. The bridegrooms, family and friends refused to evacuate the room, considering it a hoax. Eventually, everyone was cleared out of the room and the wedding ceremony was not conducted. Local media reported that the wedding party planned to return at 2 pm today to see if the legal mess could be resolved by that time.

But even after all this, she still wasn’t done. She then claimed that the signature of a witness did not match one another documents. Then she said she found inconsistencies on the birth certificates of both men, and other things that concerned her. It’s a transparent attempt to block this legal wedding, and it’s disgusting.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Says Yes to Marriage Equality in Baja, California

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Baja CaliforniaThe Mexican Supreme Court just gave the go ahead for same sex weddings in Baja, California.

SDGLN reports:

The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the first same-sex marriage in Baja California. According to a news release from the court, the ruling stated that a provision in the Baja California Constitution limiting marriage to heterosexual couples is unconstitutional. “Excluding couples of the same sex goes against the right of persons to self-determination and for every individual’s personality to develop freely,” the statement said. “In addition, it implicitly creates a violation to the principle of equality, because it gives a different treatment to homosexual couples with respect to heterosexual couples.”

The ruling was the result of a planned wedding by a Mexican couple that the state objected to. The couple can now marry on November 21st.

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Mexico City Lawmakers Approve Transgender Rights Bill

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Transgender FlagA bill that would legally allow transgender people to change their gender without a court order was approved by lawmakers.

The Washington Blade reports:

Members of Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, in which Mexico City is located, approved the measure by a 42-0 vote margin. Six lawmakers abstained from the vote on the measure that Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera proposed. Manuel Granados Covarrubias of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, known by the Spanish acronym PRD, welcomed the proposal’s approval. “It eliminates cumbersome trials and judicial proceedings, procedures, to generate the administrative change of a legal action to which everyone has the right,” said Granados in a press release the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District released after lawmakers approved the measure. “Their dignity is also recognized.”

Since the mayor proposed it, it seems likely he will sign it. :)

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Mexico: Coahuila Legislature Legalizes Marriage Equality

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Coahuila - Google MapsAnother Mexican state, just south of Texas, has legalized marriage equality, but this time via the legislature.

Rex Wockner reports:

For the first time, a Mexican state legislature has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The Sept. 1 vote by the Congress of the state of Coahuila was 19-1. The new law, which alters more than 40 parts of the state’s Civil Code, takes effect in one week. According to reports, the law says, “Marriage is the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mutual aid, and make in a free, responsible, voluntary and informed way reproductive decisions that fit their life project, including the possibility of procreation or adoption.”

By our count, this makes Coahuila the fourth Mexican jurisdiction to allow same sex couples to wed, after Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Chihuahua, although the marriages are then recognized in all 31 states.

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Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Baja California Marriage Equality Ban

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

MexicoBaja California marriage equality became a reality yesterday as the Mexican Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled a law that bans same-sex marriage in the state of Baja California is unconstitutional. The decision came in the case of a gay couple who brought a legal challenge — known as an “amparo” in Mexico — after officials in the city of Mexicali denied their request for a marriage license. “The exclusion of marriage to same-sex partners goes against the self-determination of people and each individual’s right to freely develop their personality,” reads a press release that announces the court’s decision. “In addition, it implicitly generates a violation of the principle of equality, because it gives differential treatment to same-sex couples with respect to heterosexual couples.”

The Court has taken similar action in the past in other states – my understanding is that, unlike in the US, the Court can’t strike down all the bans at once, and must deal with them on a case-by-cse basis. Anyone have any clarification on this?

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Mexico, Oaxaca: Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality Ban

Friday, April 25th, 2014

MexicoA court in the Mexican state of Oaxaca has struck down the ban on marriage equality there.

On Top Magazine reports:

The First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (La Primera Sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion) on Tuesday declared unconstitutional Article 143 of the Civil Code of Oaxaca, which defines marriage as “a contract between one man and one woman” that seeks to “perpetuate the species.” Plaintiffs in the case are 39 gay men and lesbians who wish to marry in the state. The implications of the ruling remain uncertain. That is, while officials may no longer use Article 143 to deny a marriage license to a gay couple, the state has not legalized such unions. But Alex Ali Mendez Diaz, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the decision meant that gay couples in the state can marry through a court order.

Same-sex couples can also get married in Mexico City and the state of Quintana Roo. But bringing marriage equality to the rest of the country is going to be a state-by-state proposition.

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Mexico: Lesbian Couple Marries in Guanajuato

Friday, March 21st, 2014

MexicoA same sex couple became the first to marry in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

On Top Magazine reports:

An unidentified lesbian couple on Tuesday became the first gay couple to marry in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. According to several Mexican outlets, the women sued the state in federal court after they were denied a marriage license. Approximately 30 guests were present as Mary, 34, and Lucha, 32, were declared “a couple legally united in marriage” in a private ceremony held in Leon, the state’s largest city.

One by one, the states of Mexico, like their US counterparts, are slowly accepting marriage equality. How long until the entire country comes around?

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Mexico: Supreme Court Says Same Sex Couples Deserve Equal Public Benefits

Friday, January 31st, 2014

MexicoMexico continues to move ahead on LGBT rights.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the same-sex spouses of those who receive benefits under the country’s social security system must receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. El Economista, a Mexican newspaper, reported the justices in a 3-2 ruling said the Mexican Social Security Institute – Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Spanish – must extend the same benefits that married heterosexual couples receive to gays and lesbians who have either tied the knot or entered into civil unions. Jose Alberto Gomez Barroso, who married his partner in Mexico City in 2012, sought legal recourse through the Mexican judicial system after officials denied his request to add his spouse as a beneficiary under the country’s social security system. A lower court last year dismissed Gomez’s case after he passed away.

Mexico is in a similar position to the US, with a number of states recognizing marriage equality as well as the Federal government. But in Mexico, if you are married in Mexico City, you are married everywhere.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Jasmin & Matt Wedding Photography, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Jasmin & Matt Wedding Photography - Playa del Carmen, QRO, MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Wedding photographers from Montreal, Canada relocating to Playa del Carmen, Mexico as of July 2014. Our style is creative and candid. We are fun-loving people who make the process of capturing your special day, that much more pleasurable.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Oasis Sens, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Oasis Sens - Cancun

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Beachfront, all inclusive resort in Cancun with 8 restaurants and 8 bars including a ranked gourmet restaurant led by a 2 star Michelin chef, 3 pools, beach club, ocean view and stand rooms plus Sian Ka’an club rooms featuring oversized decks with private plunge pools, TAG and IGLTA approved.

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