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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mexico Recognizes Equal Marriage Nationwide

Same-sex union laws around the world, from Wikipedia -
bluer is better.

In a 9-2 vote today, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages performed in the nation's capital, as they have been since March 4 of this year, must be recognized by all Mexican states.  The justices upheld the constitutionality of Mexico City's marriage equality law last week, and this week will consider the right to adoption.

It is not yet clear how the states will interpret the court's ruling or what degree of recognition they will extend to same-sex couples.  The ruling does not require Mexican states to perform same-sex marriages for any couples.  The state of Coahuila, on the Rio Grande border of Texas, has offered civil partnerships to same-sex couples since 2007.  In the rest of Latin America, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Uruguay either offer civil unions or grant some rights of married couples to cohabitating same-sex partners.  And of course, Argentina's Congress made nationwide marriage equality the law of the land down there just last month.

So now the U. S. of A. is boxed in by nationwide marriage equality on both sides - Canada and Mexico.  Seems like it ought to be just a matter of time before we get it here, ya think?


Stan said...

It will probably happen when our stuck up generation eventually dies off. Being Gay & Gay marriage is no big deal to most younger folks now a days.

Russ Manley said...

Probably so, Stan. In 20 or 30 years, it will be a non-issue like interracial marriage, to all but the most backwoods types.

Which even here in remote small-town Texas, there are quite a lot of white-and-Mexican marriages nowadays among the redneck, working-class population, something that used to be heavily frowned upon.

And occasionally you even see a black-and-white couple browsing through the aisles at wally world, with a baby or two in tow - which would definitely have provoked an actual riot when I was a young'un, and blood in the streets. (There used to be signs on the highways in this part of TX and OK saying "NIGGER - don't let the sun go down on you in this county!" Seriously.)

So yes, it's largely a generational thing, and attitudes do change over time. We can be glad that we've seen the current shift, at least, even if we ourselves don't make it to the farther shore in our lifetime.

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