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Mexico City records 700 gay unions in first year of marriage equality

Sunday, March 6, 2011

MEXICO CITY — More than 700 gay and lesbian couples have married in Mexico City since the capital city enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly allowing same-sex unions, just one year ago.

Mexico City’s legislature approved the first law explicitly giving gay marriages the same status as heterosexual ones in December 2009. The measure also gave same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

According to the city government, there have been 367 unions between gay men, and 333 lesbian unions since the law took effect on March 4, 2010, reported the Associated Press.

The government said Friday that 73 foreigners were among those married, and the rest were Mexican citizens.

On Aug. 10, 2010, Mexico’s supreme court ruled that same-sex marriages in Mexico City must be recognized in all 31 states throughout the country.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. That 1,400 people having to wait this long for some equality and to finally truly be joined together with the ones they love.

    Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 10:17am

    Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 10:32am
  3. sad it took so long but darn happy it finally became reality for so many people it’s sad that we are still fighting this issue across the good ol’ USA. We WILL get there! For my daughter, and all our children in this country love is love!

    Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 11:11am

    Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 11:41am
  5. New York wake up!! If Mexico City can do the right thing, so can we here in NY. amor, amor amor

    Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 6:40pm