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Same sex marriage law in Mexico
¡Que viva Mexico!
23/12/2009
Mexico
Latin America and Caribbean
 
The Mexico City legislature yesterday passed with a two thirds majority an initiative to make it possible for people of the same sex to marry each other and adopt children. The initiative is now before the Mayor, Mr Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon. If he approves the initiative he will draft a new law, redefining marriage in the Federal District as a "free union between two people," and allowing same sex couples to adopt. The law will come into effect in March 2010.

Gloria Careaga, Co-Secretary General of ILGA and active promoter of the bill, said: “This has been an intense process in which more than 150 social organizations were involved. When passed, Mexico City will become the first legislative body in Latin America to pass legislation allowing people of the same sex to marry and adopt children. I am proud of living in this City, this is a landmark victory for all those who believe in the equality of lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people, in democracy and freedom”.

“This legislation will raise the standards of equality in Mexico higher than those of many European and North American countries: a nail in the coffin of those who insist in presenting the right of equality for all LGBTI people in the world as 'a Western construct',”
added Renato Sabbadini, Co-Secretary General of ILGA.

ILGA has supported the passage of the initiative by encouraging political leaders worldwide to write to Mayor Ebrard Casaubon and the City Parliamentarians and express their support.

Mr Job Cohen, the Mayor of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the first person in the world to officiate a state-sanctioned same sex marriage, wrote: “I praise Mexico City for aspiring to become the first city in Latin America to make this bold and necessary step forward. Same sex marriage has made our society more inclusive. It was a clear signal that we fully accept people for who they are. We oppose discrimination on the basis of whom people choose to love. I strongly urge you to support this bill. I believe it is the right way forward for a city that seeks equality for all and I commend you for your leadership”.

Member of the European Parliament Ms Ulrike Lunacek wrote to the Mayor on behalf of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights requesting his support for the initiative. “The right to privacy, the right to found a family and enjoy fully equal rights are enshrined in international treaties to which the Federal State of Mexico has subscribed. Passing this piece of legislation would honour the leaders, as well as serve the interests of all your constituents.”

For further information contact:
Gloria Careaga at +52 5555546251 or gloria@ilga.org or
Renato Sabbadini +32 474 857 950 or renato@ilga.org