Last updateFri, 08 Apr 2016 2pm

Supreme Court invalidates Jalisco laws prohibiting same-sex marriage

A path has been cleared for same-sex couples to marry in the state of Jalisco without any impediment following a landmark ruling made Tuesday by Mexico’s Supreme Court.

All 11 judges invalidated the section of Article 260 of Jalisco’s Civil Code that considers marriage to only be between a man and a woman.

The judges also struck down segments of two other articles that take similar positions.

This means that same-sex couples can now go to a civil registry and apply to marry without the fear of being refused.  

Over the past three years a few couples have managed to marry but only after they filed injunctions (amparos) in federal courts and received legal rulings in their favor.

“This is an historic day for human rights and all LGBT people, as well as for the state of Jalisco,” the non-profit group Union Diversa de Jalisco declared in a press release.

“Legislators will now be forced to change the state Civil Code and its secondary laws,” predicted Luis Guzman of the Codise collective, one of a small group who celebrated the decision outside the Jalisco Congress building on Tuesday afternoon.

Guzman said the news would be a great relief to some 100 same-sex couples that he knows are waiting to get married in Jalisco.

Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval said the state government welcomed the Supreme Court ruling and that it was a priority of his government to “respect individual liberties.” He said the onus was now on the state Congress to make the necessary changes to the law.

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