In a huge step forward for LGBT rights in the Americas, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ordered the country’s 31 states to recognize same-sex marriages. The capital, Mexico City, currently performs marriages for same-sex couples, and as of March, married gay couples can adopt children. Other marriage rights include applying for joint bank loans, inheriting wealth, and receiving a spouse’s insurance coverage.
Although the states are not required by law to perform same-sex marriages, this is a step in the right direction for LGBT rights in Mexico, and hopefully other countries in Latin America—and the United States of America—will follow.
It is unfortunate that the states are not required to recognize the adoption clause, as this could easily result in problems for the adopted children of gay married couples living outside the capital. Hopefully this will soon change.