The Mexican Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state of Jalisco’s same-sex marriage ban.
The justices in their 11-0 ruling said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution.
Milenio, a Mexican newspaper, quoted Chief Justice Luis Maria Aguilar Morales as saying the Jalisco Congress “has the freedom to legislate” the issue of marriage rights for same-sex couples. He stressed, however, it “cannot do it” in a way that “affects people’s human rights.”
Guadalajara, which is the second largest city in Mexico, is located in Jalisco. The resort city of Puerto Vallarta, which is a popular destination for gays and lesbians from the U.S., is also in the state.
Media reports indicate the Mexican Supreme Court “for practical purposes” has legalized same-sex marriage in Jalisco.
The ruling will formally take effect once it is published.
(The Washington Blade, January 29, 2016, page 9)