Mexico City legalizes gay marriage, a first in Latin America
Associated PressThe Mexico City law changes the meaning of marriage from "a free union between a man and a woman" to "a free union between two people."
Gay marriage has been approved by the Mexico City legislature today, making them the first Latin American location to make gay marriage legal. It passed by a vote of 39-20.
An amendment which attempted to block gay adoption was defeated, making this a double victory for gay advocates.
The Democratic Revolutionary party leader, Romo, has said that today, all unjust barriers had come down. The conservative PAN party had opposed the gay marriage and adoption, but the liberal PRD party has been in power since 1997.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City's legislature on Monday approved gay marriage, an aide to a city lawmaker told AFP, in the first such law passed anywhere in Latin America.
"It was approved overall by 39 votes in favor and 20 against, with five abstentions," said a spokesman for the bill's chief sponsor, assemblyman Davi Razu.
Spokesman Oscar Oliver said the city's majority leftist legislators also defeated an opposition amendment to the gay marriage bill that would have prevented same-sex couples from adopting children.
"For centuries, unjust laws prohibited marriage between whites and blacks or Europeans and (indigenous) Indians," Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) lawmaker Victor Romo said.
"Today all those barriers have come down."
The new measure modified a civil union law already on the books in Mexico City, as in other Latin American nations including Uruguay and Colombia.
In Argentina the Supreme Court is to rule on a court-approved gay marriage that was challenged earlier this month.
The Mexico City law changes the meaning of marriage from "a free union between a man and a woman" to "a free union between two people."
Mexico City's gay marriage bill was fully backed by lawmakers from the PRD, which has ruled Mexico's sprawling capital since 1997. It was opposed by the country's ruling National Action Party (PAN).