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posted Friday, August 13, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 33
Mexican court rules that same-sex marriages are valid throughout the country
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Mexican court rules that same-sex marriages are valid throughout the country

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on August 10 that same-sex marriages - which can now be performed only in Mexico City - must be recognized throughout the country.

The vote on the decision was 9-2.

The court's latest decision expands on their August 5 ruling that Mexico City's marriage equality law is constitutional.

In that decision, the court rejected an appeal by Mexican federal prosecutors who argued that Mexico City's same-sex marriage law violated constitutional guarantees to protect the family.

The August 5 vote was 8-2, with one justice absent. The same two justices dissented from the August 10 decision.

The court's two decisions do not mandate other Mexican states to legalize same-sex marriages. But they establish that Mexican states may do so, and even if they do not do so, they must recognize the validity of same-sex marriages performed where they are legal.

The court must still rule on the constitutionality of the provision in the Mexico City law allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.

It is expected to rule on the adoption issue next week.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Norberto Rivera denounced Mexico's Supreme Court for their August 5 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional, and Gay rights advocates for convincing them to do so.

In a statement issued on August 8, Cardinal Rivera called the court's ruling "aberrant" and "immoral."

Same-sex marriages "distort the nature of marriage raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament," the Cardinal said, and are "inherently immoral."

Cardinal Rivera protested that Gay rights activists had manipulated the court. The discussion leading to the Supreme Court ruling "was conducted with a flippant and sneaky attitude," the Cardinal said.

"Once again, we have been witnesses of the inequity with which laws are interpreted to unilaterally favor extraordinary situations that do not reflect the activity of a natural human society or its reason for existence," the Cardinal said in his statement.

"We cannot help but express our hope that this ruling is not binding on all the States of the Republic and that state legislatures, as on other occasions, will come to the defense of the human and family values of the Mexican citizens who have given them their vote of confidence to respond to these debates.

"[T]he Archdiocese of Mexico City hopes the Court's discussion on the adoption of children by same-sex couples will take into account and give priority to the greater good of children and protect their fundamental human right to have a family made up of a father and a mother."

The justices who voted to uphold same-sex marriages differed in their reasoning. Some stressed the constitutional protection of an individual's right to choose a marriage partner, and others the right of local legislatures to enact laws governing the issue.

Justice Jose Gudino said that "[Mexico City's law] does not appear to me to be unconstitutional. & The concept of the family established in the constitution is an open concept."

Justice Guillermo Ortiz, one of two justices who voted against the law, said, "marriage is reserved exclusively for couples who can procreate, because one of the big issues of marriage is the protection of children."

But another judge, Jose Fernando Franco, argued that, "procreation is not an essential element of marriage."

"Those who wish to procreate are free to do so, not only within marriage but in any way they see best, and this happens and can happen in heterosexual marriages, and those that are not, or among single persons," Franco said.

Justice Luis Aguilar Morales argued against basing the ruling on the individual rights issue, because that might require other states to adopt marriage equality as well.

"If Mexico City wants it a certain way, that does not necessarily mean that the rest of the states have to do the same," Aguilar said.

Mexico City authorities said that as of the beginning of August, 320 couples had been married under the law - 173 weddings between men and 147 between women.

Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize marriage for same-sex couples with a law approved in July. Mexico City remains the only city in Mexico with a similar law.

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