John M. Becker

Marriage Equality on the Move in Mexico

Filed By John M. Becker | February 27, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: BuzzFeed, gay marriage, marriage equality, Mexico, same-sex marriage

mexico-marriage-equality-map.jpgA freedom-to-marry revolution has been quietly brewing in Mexico over the past two years, where court rulings in over two-thirds of that country's 31 states have granted same-sex couples equal marriage rights.

In a fascinating post published yesterday by BuzzFeed, reporter J. Lester Feder explored the country's march toward marriage equality, which he says will likely be a reality nationwide in the near future. Feder writes:

The wave of rulings throughout Mexico hasn't caused the uproar that has followed rulings in the United States over the past year striking down state laws barring same-sex couples from marrying. Couples have not rushed to marry nor have conservatives organized major protests.

This is in part because the technicalities of Mexican law have meant these decisions have been much more narrow in their immediate impact. Each decision applies only to the individuals who have brought the cases, and other same-sex couples will still have to sue in order to marry. It takes multiple cases meeting certain technical requirements for the courts to nullify a state law in Mexico -- a hurdle that has not yet been met.

But with new rulings being announced almost every week -- judges in six new states ruled in favor of marriage equality in the first two months of 2015 alone -- it seems almost inevitable that this day is coming, say legal experts who have closely followed the litigation.

"It's just a matter of time," said Geraldina Gonzalez de la Vega, a lawyer who worked on the first of these suits filed in 2011 and is now a clerk to a Supreme Court minister. "This has spread all over the country."

Click here for Feder's full report. It's worth reading in full.

Image via BuzzFeed News.

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