Mexican Court rules same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled June 3 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The latest ruling is one in a long-line of court decisions that allow more and more gay couples to wed in Mexico.

“In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory. Though the decisions have been made to little public fanfare, they have had the effect of legalizing gay marriage in Mexico without enshrining it in law,” said an article in The New York Times.

It’s a little tricky because the Mexican Supreme Court never ruled that gay marriage is legal; they ruled that gay couples who want to marry can now ask local courts to intervene, and those courts have to allow their marriage.

“…the court’s ruling is considered a “jurisprudential thesis,” which means that it does not invalidate any state laws and therefore same sex couples that have been denied the right to marry would have to now come to the courts individually. Judges would then, due to this latest supreme court ruling, be obliged to approve the same-sex marriages before them,” explained an article in The Latin Post.

Whew. Kind of complicated, am I right?

As the U.S. awaits our Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, one can only hope that their decision is much simpler.


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