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Mexico’s supreme court has ruled that same-sex marriages in Mexico City must be recognised throughout the country. The ruling does not mean other states have to allow gay weddings on their territory.
Two of the court’s 11 judges voted against the measure, arguing that it would damage the harmony of the federal system.
Last week the supreme court ruled that the law allowing gay marriages in the capital was constitutional.
The court will now consider the legality of allowing adoption by gay couples.
Mexico City’s local assembly passed the law in December, giving gay people full marital rights, including the right to adopt. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples have since been married.
However, the law drew strong opposition from the Catholic Church and conservative groups, including the governing PAN party, and federal prosecutors challenged it on constitutional grounds.
I’m a bit surprised. I guess I’m too accustomed to politicians in the United States. Cowardice is always the better part of valor, here. Stone Age beliefs often overrule political progress – especially when it comes to equal opportunity.
The same generally holds true for our judges.
So – good for you Mexico. Nice to see some good news come from your battered nation.