Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples

We’re a little slow on reporting this, but a little good news is always welcome! In December 2009, by a vote of 39 to 20, Mexico City’s legislative assembly approved revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages and by a vote of 31 to 24 expressed itself in favor of legalizing adoption by same-sex couples. This represents a historic victory for sexual rights advocates and the LGBT community in Mexico and brings hope to activists from the all Latin America region. Same sex couples will be able to marry in Mexico City starting March 12, 2010.

“This has been the result of more than 30 years of advocacy with the Mexico City Congress” says Gloria Careaga, Psychology Professor at the prestigious UNAM (Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico) and co-secretary general of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

While this law positions Mexico City’s legislation as one of the most advanced for LGBT rights in the region, much remains to be done in the other states of the republic, which do not recognize same sex unions, with the exception of the northern state of Coahuila.

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