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Mexico City Gets Marriage Equality in Definitive Vote


Mexico City did the right thing yesterday:

"Joining only seven countries and five U.S. states, Mexico City's legislative assembly voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize gay marriage. The vote changed the definition of marriage in the city's civil code from being between a man and a woman to 'the free uniting of two people.' Assembly members also approved a resolution allowing married gay couples to legally adopt children. The measure won with the unanimous support of lawmakers from the center-left Democratic Revolution Party, which controls the assembly. The 15 assembly members of the center-right National Action Party, to which President Felipe Calderon belongs, voted against the measure. The final vote was 39-20, with five abstentions. Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, also from the Democratic Revolution Party, is expected to sign the bill into law."

The city legalized civil unions three years ago and held its first civil union ceremony, between Antonio Medina, (right, above) and Jorge Cerpa, in March 2007.

Watch an AP video report on the good news, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Considering that Catholicism has a strangle hold on the country, this is indeed fantastic news! Now don't get me wrong, while there are several very gay friendly areas in Mexico, the whole machismo attitude is still very much in tact in most of the country. I'd be very careful if you wanted to go out there and shake your pink feathers.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 22, 2009 8:42:26 AM

  2. See, NY Senators? That wasn't so hard, was it?

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 22, 2009 9:41:24 AM

  3. What about Spain? I would say that Spain is the first in the Latin community to approve same-sex marriage. How can you argue this in courts. The legislature voted to change the policy with the proper channels and rules followed.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Dec 22, 2009 9:42:33 AM

  4. Wait a minute, the Catholic Church and the anti-gay politicians are "vowing to challenge the vote in court". Is this not the same Catholic Church and anti-gay politicians who endlessly rant and rave about "activist judges" and the "tyranny of the courts" to impose their will over the will of the majority?

    I believe this shows the true colors of anti-gay activists. It's not about courts or legislatures or votes of the people. It's REALLY about finding the individual or group that is most likely to agree with their belief that gay people are, and should be legally considered, second class citizens and then screaming that THAT individual, court, legislature or group of people should be the DEFINITIVE final answer to the issue.

    They're nothing if not predictable.

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 22, 2009 10:30:59 AM

  5. @aiden - Spain is a European country, it is not in Latin America.

    Congrats to Mexico City!

    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 22, 2009 10:31:12 AM

  6. WHOHOOOOO!!!!

    @KEITH. Yes and no, there is this machismo attitude but, mostly people don't give a fuck about what you are doing. And, in the machismo families, mostly women are the ones to have the real power under the water, that's why men feel the need to flaunt their supposed power over the family.

    Posted by: andres | Dec 22, 2009 11:39:46 AM

  7. "Considering that Catholicism has a strangle hold on the country"

    It s indeed a catholic-dominant society, but President Benito Juarez declared the separation of church and state in public affairs back in the XIX Century.

    Posted by: Felix | Dec 22, 2009 12:39:41 PM

  8. Wow-who would have thought such progressive thinking would come from Mexico. Bien echo muchachos!

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 22, 2009 6:09:31 PM

  9. @Felix, exactly.

    Mexico is more secular than the states, but there so much homophobia in Mexico, there's a long way to walk

    Posted by: Carlos | Dec 22, 2009 11:37:31 PM

  10. Spain first Latin Country!!! God this is way too funny. Even my 6 year old brother knows Spain is in Europe.

    There's also a huge deal of homophobia and ignorance in the US. even in the Bay Area.

    Posted by: kryanox | Dec 24, 2009 12:14:08 PM

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