Marriage equality may be on the horizon in Mexico!
This afternoon the Supreme Court of Mexico unanimously ruled in favor of three same-sex couples seeking to marry in Oaxaca, Mexico.
More after the jump.
According to the After Marriage blog:
"The actual ruling won’t be published for a little while, but the gay rights advocates who brought the case are proclaiming that today’s ruling 'opens the door to equal marriage in the whole country.'
The court had already ruled in 2010 that gay marriages performed under a Mexico City ordinance had to be recognized nationwide. With this precedent, the remaining bans on gay marriage in most Mexican states could quickly fall."
While the Mexican Supreme Court differs from the U.S. Supreme Court, in that it can't strike down unconstitutional state laws on a national level, the lawyer for the couples, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, believes the ruling could mean the "beginning of the end for same-sex marriage bans."
The court used the February ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that governments can’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Karen Atala Riffo y Niñas v. Chile, as precedent in this case. The court has now linked that anti-discrimination ruling to marriage rights.
After Marriage notes that "This case could have repercussions outside of Mexico—by expanding this precedent to include the right to marry, courts in other Latin American countries that recognize the Inter-American Accord on Human Rights could follow this precedent and determine that marriage rights are also protected in their countries. And the Inter-American Court itself could be more likely to recognize a right to marry—a case brought by three couples trying to strike down Chile’s ban on gay marriage has already begun making its way through the international judicial system."
It looks like the ball is rolling towards marriage equality!
Anyone up for a wedding in Cabo? Wheels up!!
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