Mexican High Court Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Ban

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 6 2012 11:35 AM

Gay Marriage Advocates Earn Supreme Court Victory—in Mexico

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Mexico City, MEXICO: A young gay couple kiss each other during a symbolic wedding ceremony with gays and lesbians held 14 February, 2006 at Juarez Square in Mexico City during Valentine's Day

Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images.

While gay marriage advocates in this country wait to learn whether the Supreme Court will take up the issue, their like-minded allies south of the border got some good news yesterday (via the Associated Press):

Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law in southern Oaxaca state that bans same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in that state and possibly in the rest of Mexico.
In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the tribunal struck down a Oaxaca state law that declares that "one of the purposes of marriage is the perpetuation of the species." The court said in its ruling that to condition marriages to the union of one man and one woman "violates the principle of equality."
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Gays and lesbians have been able to legally wed in Mexico City since 2010, but that right hasn't yet been extended outside the city's boundaries. For more on the possible SCOTUS action in this country, check out Emily Bazelon's primer on the possible cases the court could take up here.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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