Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

A landmark ruling in Mexico has come down from the country's highest court, After Marriage, a blog written by former Politico reporter J. Lester Feder, is reporting:

OaxacaThe actual ruling won’t be published for a little while, but the gay rights advocates who brought the case are proclaiming that today’s ruling “opens the door to equal marriage in the whole country.”

The court ruled on behalf of three same-sex couple seeking to marry in the southern state of Oaxaca. The court had already ruled in 2010 that gay marriages performed under a Mexico City ordinance had to be recognized nationwide. With this precedent, the remaining bans on gay marriage in most Mexican states could quickly fall.

This ruling does not immediately eliminate marriage statutes limiting unions to a man and a woman—the Mexican Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to strike down state laws like that en mass as the United States Supreme Court does. But the lawyer who brought the case, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, said before the ruling that victory would mean the beginning of the end for bans on same-sex marriage.

The ruling was unanimous, according to Feder.

More here, en Español.


  1. andrew says

    There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come! Almost everwhere in the world, with the exception of those nations in the grip of Islam, LGBT equality is on the move.

  2. Fox says

    So do or will the feds here in the U.S. recognize a same-sex husband/wife for Visa purposes when the Canadian/Mexican spouse comes to work here under the Professional Job Series clause of NAFTA? (TD – “Treaty Dependent” Status)??

  3. says

    For all this talk about “Gosh, we’re so forward already in this country in terms of LGBT, and we’ve made so much progress” ….Uhm…does anyone else feel like other countries are doing a better job? I feel like we sometimes give our country a little too much credit because we compare it to really extremist nations like Uganda and Iran (riddled in crazy religion) …but we’re not Iran and Uganda. We’re a country FILLED with gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders openly out, contributing to society, creating ideas, running companies, helping cure diseases, and PAYING TAXES. We should be far, far more ahead in this department.

  4. LipstickDiva says

    @ Art Smith
    I agree. That the U.S is taking it’s pretty time to recognize gay rights is startling considering the pillars of this country supposedly being declereation of independence, the U.S constitution, the constant harping on “most free nation in the world” all that seems to be limited to everyone but gays and lesbians.

  5. Diogenes Arktos says

    Three cheers for Mexico!

    I think that part of the reason for the antediluvian stance of the US on LGBT issues is the prominence of a spectrum of religious conservatism in public life, due to the separation of church and state. As has been noticed by comments on this blog, we can look at the number of Hispanic – Roman Catholic – countries who are ahead of us.

  6. R2 says

    @Diogenes Arktos: Though people in Mexico are more Catholic than the US, separation of church and state is actually stronger there. Priests were only allowed to vote after 1992, for example.

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