Supreme court legalized same-sex marriage in Mexico; prior to this same-sex couples could only get married in Mexico City, Quintana Roo, and Coahuila. The Supreme Court of Mexico rules that the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
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In its published ruling, the court said, “Since the purpose of marriage is not procreation, there is not a justified reason that the matrimonial union be heterosexual, nor that it is stated as ‘between a man and a woman.’ Such a statement proves discriminatory, based on the sexual orientation of the person. “The exclusion of couples of the same sex from the institution of marriage perpetuates the notion that couples of the same sex are less deserving of recognition than heterosexual (couples), offending with it their dignity as persons and integrity.”
Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009, making it the first city in Latin America to do so and since then Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay has followed in their footsteps. This is a big step in marriage equality especially since Mexico is a country that is 80% Catholic and many Catholics disagree with the court’s decision.
The Supreme Court has become the LGBT’s (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) most powerful ally on marriage equality and many activists and human rights lawyers are working on reform at the state level, which will not be an easy task. Expanding marriage laws will offer legal protections to same sex couples and give them rights to benefits, such as their partner’s health insurance.
The LGBT community feels that even though this is a big step forward, there still needs to be laws that criminalize people who promote violence against gays and promote homophobia, especially in a country where there’s still lot of machismo.