Last updated on June 13, 2015
Mexico City, D.F. – The Supreme Court of Mexico has ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages. The ruling came June 3 but was only released today.
The court’s ruling is considered a jurisprudential thesis and does not overrule any current state laws. This means gay couples who have been denied the right to be legally married will have to go to the courts individually.
Given the new Supreme Court ruling, however, means that courts and judges will have to approve the same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that any state law which considers the ultimate purpose of marriage to be “procreation, and or defines (marriage) as celebrated between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.”
Same-sex marriage is legal in some parts of the country, including the northern state of Coahuila and Mexico City.
In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. Since 2000, 16 countries have legalized same-sex marriage. In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England, Scotland and Wales. On May 22 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens. A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.