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Posts for August, 2010

Mexico City’s marriage equality law is legal

Timothy Kincaid

August 5th, 2010

When Mexico City changed their law so as to allow same-sex couples to marry, anti-gay activists sued. They wanted the nation’s supreme court to find it unconstitutional to provide equality. The court has now ruled (CBS):

The Mexican Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of gay marriages in Mexico City. Gay marriages have been legal in Mexico City since March, but have drawn opposition from the Catholic Church and the Mexican government.

The 8-2 vote not only upheld gay marriage in Mexico City, it also said the law was valid to allow homosexuals to possibly adopt children.

They found that while the Constitution does protect the family, it doesn’t define “family”.

Congratulations to Mexico City’s gay couples

Timothy Kincaid

March 4th, 2010

mexico cakeI’m sure there is a word or phrase for the residents of Mexico City, but I don’t know what it is. So I’ll be expansive and say felicitaciones por su día de la boda to all Mexican gays. Today is the first day that same-sex couples can marry in that nation’s capital. (Beating out the US Capital by a week)

And the judges are ready (Americas Quarterly)

Seventy judges in the Federal District of Mexico underwent sensitivity training today at the Instituto Mexicano de Sexología in preparation for this Thursday, when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the district. According to the Judicial and Legal Services Council the workshops are intended to ensure that ceremonies are performed without “discrimination”.

Mexico City Marriages survive court challenge

Timothy Kincaid

February 24th, 2010

After the city government of Mexico City legalized same-sex marriages, a number of challenges were raised. (from anti-gay website: LifeSite)

Five Mexican state governors are suing the nation’s Federal District, Mexico City, for legalizing homosexual “marriage” in December of last year.

The governors of the states of Jalisco, Tlaxcala, Guanajuato, Morelos, and Sonora say that the law is unconstitutional, and will require their state governments to recognize “marriages” between people of the same sex, despite the states’ rejection of such unions.

They have been declared invalid (LifeSite)

The Mexican Supreme Court has rejected lawsuits filed by several states to overturn Mexico City’s new homosexual “marriage” and adoption law.

The court stated that states need not recognize the marriages conducted in the capital. A suit brought by the Attorney General of the federal government is still pending.

Marriage equality signed into law in Mexico City

Timothy Kincaid

December 29th, 2009

LA Times

Mexico City on Tuesday formally put on the books a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, with Mayor Marcelo Ebrard rejecting demands he veto the controversial measure.

The law was published in the official government newspaper, and will go into effect in 45 days. It was passed by a comfortable margin by this sprawling capital’s legislature last week.

Mexico City gets marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

December 21st, 2009

Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in all three national capitals on the continent. Close on the heels of the vote in Washington, DC, legislators in Mexico City have voted to enact marriage equality. (AP)

Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give homosexual couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.

The bill passed the capital’s local assembly 39-20 to the cheers of supporters who yelled: “Yes, we could! Yes, we could!”

Leftist Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party is widely expected to sign the measure into law.

Although Mexico City already recognized Civil Unions, this legislation will have a material affect on the live of same-sex couples.

The change would allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.

Congratulations!!