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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

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

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Mexico: First Same-Sex Couple Marries in Jalisco

Monday, December 16th, 2013

MexicoA same-sex couple has married in the Mexican state of Jalisco for the first time.

The Advocate reports:

Zaira de la O and Martha Sandoval sought legal recognition of their relationship through the courts after being denied a marriage license, according to On Top Magazine. Jalisco’s government approved civil unions for same-sex couples on October 30, but the couple was granted a civil marriage through a court injunction. “We are happy, relishing the moment we sign, with the same nerves as any couple about to marry for the first time,” Zaira said to CNN.

We’re thrilled for the happy couple, and hope they will be the first of many. Mexico is following a similar path to the US, where marriage equality is being approved on a state-by-state basis.

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Mexico: Senator Seeks to Allow Marriage Equality Nationally

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

MexicoA Mexican senator is proposing the passage of marriage equality bill for the whole country.

Gay Star News reports:

Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional and several states now allow same-sex couples to marry but the majority of states have not passed reforms on the issue and so the PDR plans to implement a nation wide reform. PDR Senator Fernando Mayans presented the initiative to his parliamentary group last Thursday and is expected to present the proposal to the Senate today.

Could Mexico beat the United States to full marriage equality?

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Mexico: 52% Now Support Marriage Equality

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

titleA new poll in Mexico shows a majority now support marriage equality.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to a Parametria survey conducted in July, 52 percent of respondents support gay marriage, while 44 percent remain opposed. Fifty-two percent of Roman Catholics are also in support. That’s a thirteen point increase in support from a previous poll conducted in December of 2012. Fifty-seven percent of Mexicans (60% of Catholics) support gay troops serving openly in the military. Openly gay politicians are supported 49-45 percent.

And yet, support for gay adoption actually dropped, and 70% are opposed to it in Mexico. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag. We’ve seen this in a number of countries, where people are coming around on marriage, but not on adoption rights. I always thought it would happen the other way around.

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