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Mexico City same-sex marriages surpass 1,000 since legalization

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s capital city has reported that 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since the city’s lawmakers legalized same-sex unions on Dec. 21, 2009, according to a statement released by the Oficina del Registro Civil (Civil Registry).

Mexico City’s Mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, signed the bill into law, which then became effective March 4, 2010.

The legislation changed the definition of marriage in the city’s Civil Code from “a free union between a man and a woman” to “a free union between two people.” The measure also granted same-sex couples the same legal rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including being able to adopt children.

The statement also notes that about 6 percent of those getting married in same-sex weddings in Mexico City are foreigners, which according to the measure’s supporters during the debate over its passage, would generate an influx to the city by same-sex couples from other nations.

According the published statistics, the first 1,000 weddings involved 548 gay couples and 452 lesbian pairs. About 85 percent of the marriages were between partners age 31 and older. Overall the average age for marriages in the country is 28 for men and 25 for women.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. YESSSS

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:12am
  2. That’s what’s up! :D

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:14am
  3. no estamos tan atrasados <3

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:15am
  4. viva Mexico!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:17am
  5. nice ^_^

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:17am
  6. and here I thought the US was more progressive. wtg mexico

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:20am
  7. <3 Mexico!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:23am
  8. congrats

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:30am
  9. Yeeee We are one of them mexican and american binationals Doma have to go down hip hip hoooray. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:37am
  10. Mexicans get a bad rap for being anti-gay, but that is just another biased generalization. Latinos understand the power of love. There’s my generelaization.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:43am
  11. Wonderful…..now if ALL of the states in this country would legalize it…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:56pm
  12. It is so wonderful to see the positive impact that same sex marriage has had in Mexico! In Australia we are having a real struggle trying to get some rationality into the same sex marriage debate and we are a long way off an outcome. We had an American leader speak publically yesterday saying that same sex marriage would lead to pedophiles being able to marry children! Not having the choice to marry has been shown to cause psychological harm as evidenced by a recent public statement by the American Psychological Association. It is heart warming and deeply encouraging to see how happy people are over there who are being married. I am off to Parliament House again next week to speak with our MP’s and will reflect on the positives I can see in Mexico when I am there :)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 6:58pm
  13. You know aour mare, Marcelo Ebrad is gay himself? But he’s just an hypcrit and din’t tell in public what he really is.

    Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 12:19pm