Mexico: Citing Civil Registry Mix Up, Chihuahua’s Governor Announces That Same-sex Couples Can Cannot Be Denied a Marriage License

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Days after it was reported that authorities in Chihuahua told same-sex couples that court injunctions would once again be required to marry inside the state, the Governor issued a statement declaring that under no circumstances can these couples be denied a marriage license.

The Governor told the media that the right to marry is a settled matter before the Supreme Court and claims to have personally stepped in to stop the confusion at the Civil Registry. The head of state denied reports that his predecessor’s 2015 executive order allowing Chihuahua to issue marriage licenses freely had been overturned.

Following the continuation of same-sex weddings in the area, Chihuahua once again joins Mexico City and the states of Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, and Quintana Roo in allowing same-sex couples to marry without court action.

Although deemed unconstitutional by rights groups quoting a past Supreme Court ruling because it does not also include the right to marry, the state of Tlaxcala allows civil unions for same-sex couples.

All remaining Mexican states require a lawsuit to wed and every state in Mexico must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in the country.

For more information on Mexico’s road to same-sex marriage, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Mexico

Mexico: Chihuahua Halts Same-sex Marriages

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This week, Chihuahua’s Civil Registry halted the free celebration of same-sex marriages in the nation’s largest state.

The news came as several couples were told by the Registry that court injunctions will once again be required in order to marry within the state. This move ends the executive order issued in 2015 by the previous Governor allowing same-sex weddings freely.

LGBT activists blasted the reversal of the 2015 order and accused Chihuahua’s new Governor and his administration of bowing to pressure from conservative “For the Family” groups.

Activists will attempt to speak with the head of the Civil Registry and the Governor in hopes of resolving the matter promptly.

Previously, Chihuahua joined Mexico City and the states of Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Guerrero (most municipalities), Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, and Quintana Roo in marrying couples without a court order. The state of Tlaxcala approved civil unions for same-sex couples despite a past Supreme Court ruling that separate is not equal.

Although the remaining Mexican states must recognize all marriages conducted in the country, court injunctions to wed in those remaining states themselves are expensive and time-consuming.

For more information on Mexico’s same-sex marriage journey, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico

Mexico: Morelos Approves Same-sex Marriage Bill

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Morelos becomes the next Mexican state to approve a same-sex marriage bill today when their Congress voted 20-6 in favor of modifying the state constitution to make marriage gender-neutral.

As the proposal is a state constitutional change, it must be ratified by Morelos’ 33 municipalities before it can become law and allow same-sex couples to marry.

Morelos will join Mexico City and the states of Campeche, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Quintana Roo as places in the country that have given the green light to same-sex marriage.

For all other states, couples must file an injunction that Civil Registries will respect. The injunctions take time and are expensive even though they are always successful.

For more information on the journey to marriage equality in Mexico, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico

Mexico: Michoacán Becomes 9th State to Approve Same-sex Marriage

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Michoacán’s Congress voted 27-0 with 8 abstentions today to update their Family Code and make marriage gender-neutral.

For months, members from all the parties in Congress told the press that the law was unstoppable and the right thing to do as both an order from the Supreme Court and as a rights issue.

After a judge last year gave the previous Congress a deadline to pass a marriage bill, the Legislature asked for more time and passed a domestic partnership law instead.

The Mexican Supreme Court already ruled that separate but equal was discriminatory and unconstitutional so activists filed a lawsuit shortly after the passage of the partnership law.

The threat of Supreme Court action and a new seemingly friendlier make up of Congress increased pressure on the state to pass a same-sex marriage bill.

The law will come into effect after it is promulgated and printed in the state’s Official Gazette.

Michoacan is the 9th region to give same-sex couples the green light after Mexico City and the states of Campeche, Chihuahua, Coahuila, most municipalities in Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Quintana Roo and Sonora.

For all other states, couples who wish to marry can file an injunction that the Civil Registry must repect, but the process is timely and expensive.

Marriages conducted in Mexico are recognized on both a state level and a federal level.

For more information on the journey to marriage equality in Mexico, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico

Mexico: Sonora Becomes the 8th State to Give Same-sex Marriages the Green Light

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The head of Sonora’s Civil Registry Department announced today that same-sex couples will no longer need a court order to marry despite current matrimonial laws specifying that marriage is only for heterosexual couples.

A fellow Civil Registry official confirmed that Sonora has been processing marriage applications freely this month and urged Congress to pass a bill to make marriage gender-neutral.

Sonora joins Mexico City and the states of Campeche, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit and Quintana Roo as the Mexican jurisdictions that allow same-sex couples to wed without the need of a lengthy and expensive court injunction.

For more information on the journey to marriage equality in Mexico, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico

Mexico: Campeche Becomes 7th State with Same-sex Marriage

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Campeche became the latest Mexican state to approve same-sex marriage today when their Congress voted 34-1 in favor of a marriage bill submitted by the Governor.

Despite recent protests from religious groups, several members of Congress told the media that the reform in Campeche’s Civil Code was necessary as both an order from Mexico’s Supreme Court and as an issue of rights.

The bill will be promulgated and published in the state’s official gazette in the coming days.

Campeche joins Mexico City and the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit and Quintana Roo as the Mexican jurisdictions that allow same-sex couples to wed without a court injunction.

For more information on the journey to marriage equality in Mexico, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico

Guerrero, Mexico: Rights Group Files Lawsuits to Have Existing Same-sex Marriages Recognized

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Following some areas’ refusal to recognize same-sex nuptials performed after an order from the former Governor of Guerrero, a state LGBT rights group is now offering legal representation to couples who want their marriages recognized to the fullest.

In June of 2015, the now ex-Governor of Guerrero instructed Civil Registries to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state. He was witness to a mass wedding in Acapulco the following July, but in January of 2016, the head of Acapulco’s Civil Registry dismissed the legality of the weddings observed since then due to the Guerrero Civil Code retaining the heterosexual definition of marriage, and stated that they would not be recognized by the Registry.

During a press conference for the planned mass wedding on Valentine’s Day, the head of the State Civil Registry Department announced that all marriages performed in Guerrero since the executive order are legally valid, although the recognition and act of performing them falls on each municipality within the state.

In Mexico, same-sex marriages are recognized on both a state and a federal level and couples can always turn to the court system to obtain an injunction in any place in the country that does not perform same-sex weddings, but the process can be both timely and expensive. Only Mexico City and the states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, some registries in Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit and Quintana Roo perform marriages freely.

Earlier this month, the Guerrero Association of Gays and Lesbians announced their intention of taking Civil Registries to court. The first case mentioned at the press conference was that of a lesbian couple who married in Acapulco a month before the Civil Registry’s statement against the recognition of marriages brought about by the Governor’s order. A district judge ruled for the couple and the attorney representing the women says that four more suits are in the works.

Although seen as a good first step, having states issue marriage licenses through executive orders can run the risk of causing distress to couples if state leaders or registry department heads change and are replaced with people not open to the idea.

A bill to codify and change the matrimonial language on the state’s books to gender-neutral is currently stalled in Congress. The passage of the bill would erase any hurdle for obtaining a marriage license and guarantee that the couples have all the benefits of heterosexual spouses.

For more information on Mexico’s journey to marriage equality, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Mexico