We have got some good news coming from south of the border! First: Mexico’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, and has opened the door for universal same-sex marriage throughout Mexico.
Former Polotico reporter J. Lester Feder on his blog, After Marriage:
The court ruled on behalf of three same-sex couple seeking to marry in the southern state of Oaxaca. The court had already ruled in 2010 that gay marriages performed under a Mexico City ordinance had to be recognized nationwide. With this precedent, the remaining bans on gay marriage in most Mexican states could quickly fall.
This ruling does not immediately eliminate marriage statutes limiting unions to a man and a woman—the Mexican Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to strike down state laws like that en mass as the United States Supreme Court does. But the lawyer who brought the case, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, said before the ruling that victory would mean the beginning of the end for bans on same-sex marriage.
From Mexico we go South to Colombia, where a same-sex marriage bill advanced it’s first reading Tuesday in a 10-5 vote. It was only the first of four votes however, and the bill will be going to the Colombian Senate. Right now Colombia offers civil partnerships to LGBT people, and with that includes pension, social security, and inheritances rights. However it is worth noting marriage equality bills have been proposed and defeated in Colombian Congress six times now. But even if it gets shot down again, there’s no way we can give up hope. Equality is just too important.
Global equality, here we come!