A same-sex marriage bill in Durango was originally expected to be discussed on February 16th, but it was discovered on that Tuesday morning that the bill was not on the order of the day. LGBT rights group then took over the floor and urged Congress to vote on the bill.
Members of Congress attempted to diffuse the situation and a date for debating the proposal was announced for February 23rd. The activists then exited the floor, but left behind two rainbow flags with signs reading, “Human rights don’t have political party colors” and “Peace is respecting another’s rights”.
The bill has been a hot topic between the local LGBT community who want to keep the proposal as is and conservatives who want the law to be called civil unions or cohabitation and not marriage.
If the bill is approved, Durango will become the latest jurisdiction in Mexico to freely allow gay weddings after the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, some regions of Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, and Mexico City. All other states require a lengthy court injunction (that is always approved) and every marriage conducted in the country is recognized at both the state and federal level.
For more information on Mexico’s journey to marriage equality, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico