Monday, December 21, 2009

Mexico City moves to legalize same-sex marriage - By Tracy Wilkinson – Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Mexico City - The Mexico City government approved a far-reaching gay-rights bill Monday, voting to allow people of the same sex to marry and to adopt children.

Ending a lively debate and turning aside opposition from the influential Roman Catholic Church, this massive city's leftist-dominated legislature approved the measure by a 39-20 vote. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard must sign the bill into law, and he is expected to do so.

"This is wonderful," gay-rights activist Judith Vasquez said from the noisy legislature floor. Gay "couples have effectively been together for years, decades, centuries. But now it is our right."

Uruguay was the first country in Latin America to recognize same-sex unions. But Mexico City's initiative goes further by rewriting the law to redefine "marriage" as a "free union between two people." Read complete article & more - By Tracy Wilkinson – Los Angeles Times

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SLIDESHOW - Mexico City allows gay marriage – REUTERS

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