Same-sex couples win right to marry in Mexico state of Chihuahua


CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — A same-sex couple in Mexico legally wed after successfully challenging the state of Chihuahua for refusing to register their marriage earlier this year.

The state of Chihuahua’s Civil Registry declined the request of Tony and Tomás for a marriage license on April 30, according to El Peublo.

But on August 22, District Judge José Juan Múzquiz Gómez ordered the Civil Registry to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex coupes, giving the authorities ten days to file a formal objection.

As no such objection was forthcoming, state legal adviser Mario Trevizo Salazar confirmed on Tuesday that the couple could be legally married.

The legal challenge came in the wake of the decision of Mexico’s Supreme Court last year, which annulled a ban on marriage equality in the Mexican State of Oaxaca.

In 2012, Mexico’s Supreme Court further ruled that same-sex marriages must be recognized throughout the country.

On Wednesday, Rosauro Meza Sifuentes, Deputy of Durango State’s assembly, said that the local constitution now enables same-sex marriages as it does not specify the gender of whom a man or woman can marry, reported El Siglo.

Sifuentes added that this valid interpretation of the law is supported by Mexico’s Supreme Court’s decision.

In 2010, Mexico City — the country’s capital — began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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