Mexico City to legalize gay marriage

Mon. December 21, 2009 12:00 AM by

Mexico City - Mexico City is likely to trump Buenos Aires as the first Latin American city to allow gay marriage after lawmakers in the city approved a gay marriage bill on Monday, the Mexico City-based Reforma reported.

City legislators overwhelmingly approved the bill on a 39 to 20 vote that included five abstentions. Lawmakers are also considering allowing married gay couples to adopt. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party supports the measure and is widely expected to sign the bill into law.

Proponents present during the three hour debate cheered and shouted: "Yes we could!"

If approved, the law would only effect Mexico City, where the government already recognizes gay couples with civil unions. Nearly 10% of Mexicans live in the city.

Last month, a judge's ruling in Buenos Aires paved the way for two men to marry on December 1, but a national judge ordered a halt to the ceremony at the last moment. Argentina's top court has agreed to hear the case.

"For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans," city lawmaker Victor Romo told the AP. "Today all barriers have disappeared."

Article provided in partnership with On Top Magazine