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

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

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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