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Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Major Blow For Marriage Equality In Sinaloa

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On Wednesday Mexico’s Supreme Court struck a huge blow in the fight for marriage equality by ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are inherently “discriminatory” laws. The ruling came down in response to a lawsuit filed by a gay couple challenging the family code of Sinaloa, a coastal Mexican state.

SinaloaSinaloa’s family code, like those in other Latin American countries have traditionally defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The lawsuit challenging the code, which was filed in 2013, contended that aside from gender there were no discernible differences between heterosexual couples and homosexual ones. In a public statement released after the court hearing the judges emphatically agreed.

“The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual couples engage can fit perfectly into the actual fundamentals of marriage and living together and raising a family,” the court explained. “For all of those relevant effects, homosexual couples can find themselves in an equivalent situation to heterosexual couples, in such a way that their exclusion from both institutions is totally unjustified.”

(h/t Washington Blade)


Mexico Secretary of Tourism Promotes New Gay Travel App

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Mexico’s Federal Secretary of Tourism is promoting new gay travel app MéxicoGayde (@MexicoGayde), reports SDPnoticias.com.

The app promises to list all gay-friendly destinations in Mexico including bars, restaurants, theaters, spas, exhibitions and NGOs. MéxicoGayde will also allow you to review and rate venues.

Download MéxicoGayde here.

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Gay Marriage Arrives in Baja California: VIDEO

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The first same-sex marriage in Baja California took place in the capital city of Mexicali yesterday, U-T San Diego reports:

Victor Fernando Urias Amparo (above middle), 37, and Victor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza (above left), 43, took their vows amid a crush of media and supporters outside Mexicali City Hall. “Yes we could, yes we could,” the crowd cheered in Spanish.

The impromptu wedding ceremony came as a surprise to the pair, who had come to City Hall on Saturday morning to participate in a gay rights demonstration, said their attorney, Jose Luis Marquez. They had received hints that a wedding might take place, but were doubtful. They had already been rejected three times, despite an order from Mexico’s Supreme Court last June.

The two first sought a marriage license nearly two years ago, but a steady stream of roadblocks during their various attempts prevented them from tying the knot. Two months ago, Mexicali officials cited a paperwork error in refusing to perform a civil ceremony for the couple.

Last week, Aguirrre and Urias were scheduled for a ceremony at Mexicali City Hall but were barred from marrying after an anti-gay activist lodged a formal complaint that the men "suffer from madness." That led to a social media campaign #MisDerechosNoSonLocura ("my rights are not madness") that caught fire and was retweeted by a number of Mexican celebrities over the past week. 

Rex Wockner was outside the city hall to capture the marriage ceremony. You can watch the historic moment for yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, the mayor of Tijuana Jorge Astiazarán Orcí has announced gay couples will also be able to marry in his city as long as they meet the requirements. 

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Gay Couple Again Barred From Marrying In Baja, Mexico After Complaint Alleges They 'Suffer From Madness'

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After a complaint alleging they "suffer from madness," a gay couple was again barred from marrying in Baja Caiifornia, Mexico. 

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias (above) have been attempting to become the first same-sex couple to marry in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California state, since June 2013 — and a year later they obtained a favorable ruling from the Mexican Supreme Court that for now applies only to them. 

Two months ago, Mexicali officials cited a paperwork error in refusing to perform a civil ceremony for the couple. On Saturday, Aguirrre and Urias were again scheduled for a ceremony at Mexicali City Hall.

LadyBut the anti-gay activist who gives mandatory premarital talks for same-sex couples refused to certify their attendance on Thursday (right), before lodging a formal complaint. 

The U-T San Diego reports: 

Saturday’s ceremony had been on the civil registry’s calendar for weeks. Hours after a spokesman for the city had confirmed early in the day that the wedding would take place, a top city official said the event had been canceled due to a complaint that the two men “suffer from madness.”

The accuser was Angelica Guadalupe Gonzalez Sanchez, president of the Coalition of Baja California Families, who with her husband gives mandatory pre-marital talks to couples preparing for civil wedding ceremonies at Mexicali City Hall.

In her complaint, Gonzalez said the pair had been “aggressive and impertinent” on Thursday after she refused to certify their attendance in her talk, and her husband told them that the sessions were intended for heterosexual couples.

MasksAfter Aguirrre and Urias arrived at City Hall, the doors were locked and they were met by anti-gay protesters donning surgical masks saying "only a man and a woman." But the couple remains undeterred, the newspaper reports:   

“Of course, we are going to continue to try,” Aguirre said as he stood outside City Hall.

“One day, their tricks will end, and we will never get tired of trying,” said Urias.

Same-sex marriages have been performed in Mexico since 2010, when Mexico City revised its civil code, and a state legislature followed suit last year in the state of Coahuila. But in most of Mexico, individual couples have been waging battles through the court system.

In response to the latest denial, Mexican actor Feilpe Najera launched the social media hashtag #MisDerechosNoSonLocura, or "my rights are not madness." There's also a Facebook page dedicated to the cause. 

Watch a video of the anti-gay activist refusing to certify the couple's attendance at the premarital talk, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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FBI Questions Vine Prankster for Filming in Speedo on Airplane: VIDEO

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French Vine star Jerome Jarre was taken in for questioning by the FBI, after he pulled a prank where he wore a speedo and inflatable pool toy on his American Airlines international flight from Mexico City to Miami.

An alarmed flight attendent called the police after seeing Jarre. Boston.com has a round-up of the prankster's tweets to his fans for help/outcry while he was being questioned by the FBI. In the end, Jarre says the agent questioning him said this was the silliest case he'd ever had to deal with, and Jarre faced no charges or punishment.

You may know Jarre from his celebrity pranks and especially the time John Stamos saw his cheek kiss and raised him a smooch on the mouth.

Below is the video of the would-be prank, and the abrupt shutdown by the flight attendant. I can think of at least two people who might not have been so bothered by the antics.

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Judy Shepard And Hundreds Of Activists Set To Attend LGBT Rights Conference In Mexico City Next Week

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is set to hold it's 27th world conference in Mexico City next week. 

LOGO-WEB-298x300According to an article in the Washington Blade, Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard, will be speaking to members of the group, which is an umbrella organization of more than 1,000 local and national groups devoted to advancing LGBT rights worldwide and monitoring laws that protect or persecute LGBT people. The group is also known for its maps of the world which highlight LGBT rights in different regions, like Europe.

“Dennis and I are excited to be able to meet so many amazing activists from ILGA next week,” Judy Shepard told the Blade. “We’re very much looking forward to learning from the other participants.” 

ILGA expects more than 400 activists from over a dozen countries to be there for five days of panels, meetings and discussions. The conference runs from October 27th through the 31st, with other U.S. attendees including Ty Cobb of the Human Rights Campaign and Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First. The location of the event is notable as Mexico is currently experiencing some growing pains over LGBT rights, with massive protests against marriage equality after it was voted in for the Coahuila province earlier this year.


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