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August-06-10

Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Law

Mexico's Supreme Court upheld the law that permits gay-marriage in Mexico City yesterday, rejecting an appeal from the federal attorney general's office, which argued that the law is destructive to families. In the 8 to 2 decision, the majority stressed that that while the Mexican constitution guarantees protections for families, it does not define what a "family" is, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Jose Gudino, a Mexico Supreme Court Justice said of the decision that, "It does not appear to me to be unconstitutional…the concept of the family established in the constitution...is an open concept," according to the Associated Press.

The same-sex marriage bill was approved in December and explicitly granted married homosexual couples all the same rights as heterosexual married couples, including adoption rights. Since the law went into affect in March, over 300 same-sex couples have been married, according to Reuters. The country's Supreme Court will decide next week whether the law should extend to states outside of the Mexico City and on the constitutionality of same-sex couples adopting children.

Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 12/22/10; Associated Press 8/5/10; Reuters 8/5/10