Latin America Ahead of U.S. on Same-Sex Marriage

August 13, 2010

Los Angeles Times editorial

As California and the United States struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage at the polls and in courtrooms, Latin America is moving more broadly toward acceptance of this basic human right. Last month, Argentina became the first nation in the region to legalize such marriages, granting wedded gay and lesbian couples the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections as heterosexuals.

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All Mexican States Must Recognize Gay Marriages

August 10, 2010

from the Associated Press

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

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Mexican Court Upholds Capital’s Gay Marriage Law

August 5, 2010

by Mark Stevenson | Associated Press

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a fledgling law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued that it violated the charter’s guarantees to protect the family.

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Mexico City Judges Prepare for Same-Sex Marriages

March 1, 2010

from 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”.

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Gay Marriage Puts Mexico City at Center of Debate

February 8, 2010

by Elisabeth Malkin | New York Times

Angela Alfarache and Ivonne Cervantes met at a party 16 years ago and have been a couple ever since, filling their lives with books and writing and friends. After their daughter, Constanza, was born six years ago, they became a family.

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Mexico City Mayor Vows to Defend Gay Marriage Law

January 29, 2010

from the Associated Press

Mexico City’s mayor says he will defend the capital’s gay-marriage law and insists the ordinance will take effect in March despite an appeal by federal prosecutors.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says the federal appeal on constitutional grounds is wrong. He says nothing in Mexico’s constitution prohibits same-sex marriage or adoption by gay couples.

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Feds Seek to Overturn Mexico City Gay Marriage Law

January 28, 2010

by Mark Stevenson | Washington Post

Mexican federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will try to overturn Mexico City’s gay marriage law, which allows same-sex couples to adopt children, on the grounds it violates the constitution.

The Mexico City law, approved in December and due to take effect in March, is the first of its kind in Latin America.

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