Five gay and lesbian couples were married in Mexico City on Thursday, the first such ceremonies since a law went into effect this month legalizing same-sex marriage in the Mexican capital.
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was on hand to witness four of the five couples signing their marriage certificates at the end of a 20-minute ceremony, Mexico’s official news agency reported. A fifth couple, flying in from another state to take advantage of the new measure, arrived late and was married after the others.
“Today is a historic day,” Civil Registry Judge Hegel Cortes said at Thursday’s ceremony, according to the Notimex news agency. “It solidifies the evolution of one of the most important rights.”
Mexico City’s legislature gave same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children last December. Although same-sex ceremonies are only legally performed in Mexico City, the marriages themselves are recognized anywhere in the country.
The Supreme Court is reviewing the law, but didn’t delay today’s marriages.