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Senators look to pass federal law legalizing same-sex marriage

A group of senators has proposed an initiative that would change Mexico’s federal code to define marriage as “the free union of two people.”

If such a move were approved it would place pressure on states to allow same-sex couples to marry.

At the end of September, the Jalisco state legislature passed an equality measure that permits same-sex couples to enter a legal contract enhancing their inheritance rights and eligibility for social security benefits. The law, however, falls short of giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

The proposal by legislators from the left-of-center Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) may gain enough support from centrist Partido de la Revolucion Institucional (PRI) senators to pass.  But the measure could be doomed to failure if the conservative Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) vote in-block against the reform.

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