June 12, 2015 at 1:47 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Mexican state to allow same-sex marriage

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The governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua on June 11, 2015, announced his administration will allow same-sex marriage.

The governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua on Thursday announced his administration would no longer prevent same-sex couples from marrying.

Proceso, a Mexican newspaper, reported that César Duarte Jáquez’s announcement takes effect immediately.

Duarte’s announcement comes ahead of an expected ruling from the Mexican Supreme Court that Proceso said will order Chihuahuan lawmakers to decide the issue of marriage rights for gays and lesbians. The newspaper reported the decision will also require local authorities to compensate the 31 same-sex couples who had sought legal resource, known as an “amparo” in the Mexican judicial system, after they had been denied their request to marry.

Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, a lawyer who has spearheaded efforts in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples in Mexico over the last several years, on Thursday applauded Chihuahuan advocacy groups that challenged “their own state and its institutions” over the issue.

“The economic argument made more of a difference than the democratic argument of the state’s obligation not to violate human rights,” wrote Méndez on his blog after Duarte made his announcement. “This is a big step forward considering that only two years earlier the requirement of access to marriage in conditions of equality was a rather impossible demand.”

Chihuahua joins the states of Coahuila and Quintana Roo and Mexico City in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

Gays and lesbians in the states of Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Baja California Norte and Tamaulipas have exchanged vows.

The Mexican Supreme Court last month ruled in the case of a lesbian couple from Nuevo León — in which the city of Monterrey is located — that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Gays and lesbians in a number of other Mexican states have petitioned for marriage rights in their respective jurisdictions.

Geraldina González de la Vega, a Mexican Supreme Court clerk, wrote on her blog earlier this month the tribunal ruled that laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman are unconstitutional. Buzzfeed reported the court issued its decision in a case from the state of Colima.

A gay couple seeking marriage rights in Mexico filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in May 2014.

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Alex Alí Méndez Díaz is a Mexican lawyer leading efforts to secure marriage rights for same-sex couples in his country. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

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  • Shelter Somerset

    Before all you enlightened progressives start on your predictable rants, one Mexico state legalizing gay marriage DOES NOT negate all the gay rights and gay culture that has freely developed inside the United States over the past 40 years. Thank you!

    • tmla .

      What on earth are you talking about? Despite having gay rights for the past 40 years, the US isn’t the most ”advanced” or ”progressive” country when it comes to LGBT rights. The fact that your country is still debating on gay marriage proves it. This debate has been settled here in Canada for over a decade. Nobody talks about it anymore. Gay marriage has been settled a long time ago and the Conservatives in parliament voted to no longer debate or talk about it. Unlike Republicans, who still have it on their agenda.

      • Shelter Somerset

        You must be a journalist, because you misquoted me. I didn’t say the “most advanced” country in terms of gay rights–yet it certainly is in the top 1%. I said more advanced than Mexico. Enjoy your Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Springs vacation.

    • Ian Hayden Parker

      That’s fine, but there is not just one state in Mexico where gay marriage is legal. This story is only about the latest state. The US has a higher percentage of states that allow gay marriage, that is a fact. The question here is does the federal government put their entire weight behind those marriages in the USA, the answer is simply no. In Mexico, like the USA, gay marriage has been left to the states (which will change this month). In the USA if you get married (gay) in California and then move to Florida for work, your marriage is dissolved. That is not marriage or equality because straight people can take their marriage status to all states and be recognized, so there is no real victory, just pacification. In Mexico the federal government says all states must recognize any same-sex marriage performed in another state. When a country that identifies as nearly 80% Catholic is willing to put the weight of the federal government behind same-sex marriage, that is nothing to sneeze at, and it says a lot about how far behind the USA is with social issues today.

      • Ian Hayden Parker

        BTW. I am gay and live in Mexico. I have a Mexican BF, I am an American, and we would like to have a chance to be married in the USA with my family and friends. Obama said after the Supreme Court ruling a couple of years ago that the federal government would start treating gays the same as heterosexuals with marriage and fiance visas. Not a single gay couple has yet to be approved, including my 3 applications. We are both educated business and home owners without a single criminal record, not even a traffic violation. He is an English professor so language isn’t an excuse. Just because the government says we have rights as LGBT does not make it so.

      • Shelter Somerset

        Your sociological assessment does not add up. What the state says and what people believe are not necessarily the one and the same, especially in a country like Mexico which has experienced some of the most brutal tyranny in North American history.

    • Uzarate

      Don’t get your red white and blue panties in a bunch just because “inferior” “third world” Mexico’s Supreme Court is more enlightened and not handcuffed my protestant puritanism than your own country’s is. Just bow, take off your hat, and give a big thank you to Mexico for giving the USA a lesson in secular jurisprudence. Can ya do that???

      • Shelter Somerset

        Sorry my patriotism offends your sense of elitist contempt for the entire US, which you view in your perpetual blind spot as “handcuffed my [sic] protestant puritanism.” SCOTUS operates under a checks and balances system, and although justices often make decisions based on social concern rather than Constitutionality, those decisions usually benefit the more “progressive” agenda rather than “puritanism.” Keep those panties on tight, you don’t want to lose them while gyrating in the upcoming gay pride parade–that horrible American party idea.

        • MikeinBaltimore

          Citizen’s United benefited the “progressive” agenda, how?

          Hobby Lobby benefited the “progressive” agenda, how?

          Etc.

          And I would wager that you are in total belief that there is a ‘gay agenda’. Correct?

          In my more than 40 years of being out, I have yet to see that ‘gay agenda’, nor have any of the many thousands of people I’ve talked to seen it, either. So why don’t you do us all a favor and quote from it, or just shut up.

    • TMBatKK

      What’s your point in being here, Somerset? Recently, I have discovered that people that troll LGBT new sites have found it easier to pick up their next sex date. There would be no other reason, except to attempt to bully and intimidate. It speaks so much to YOUR character, or more precisely, lack thereof.

  • GayEGO

    Little by little, Mexico is advancing toward Marriage Equality as the intelligent ones do not want to be left behind. The Mexico Supreme Court must have relatives in the Alabama Supreme Court. :>)

  • Yaniz Garcia

    FELICIDADES, ALI

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