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State will continue to block same-sex marriage

Jalisco has not opened the door to same-sex marriage even though two women became the first gay couple to wed in the state last month, the director of Guadalajara’s Civil Registry said this week.

A ruling in  a federal civil court forced Guadalajara authorities to allow the marriage of Zaira Viridiana and Martha Sandoval to go ahead, José Ricardo Carrillo Almeida said.

Carrillo pointed out that Jalisco’s Civil Code defines marriage as “the union between a man and a woman” and that for this reason local authorities would turn down applications for marriage licenses made by same-sex couples.

However, Guadalajara’s Civil Registry will comply with rulings passed down by federal courts regarding the marriage rights of same-sex couples, Carrillo added.

According to local media, five couples await decisions in federal courts that could allow them to marry.


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