Mexico City Legalizes Gay Marriage
Latin American first gives gay couples new rights
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 1:20 AM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2009 5:13 AM CST
Gay rights activists celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage, at Mexico City's local assembly yesterday.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

(Newser) – Mexico City is set to become the first Latin American capital to say "hola" to gay weddings after lawmakers there approved a bill yesterday giving gays full marriage rights, including the right to adopt. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. "We are putting an end to segregation and stigmatization of a sector of society," declared a legislator who voted for the measure. Activists burst into cheers and tears when the bill was passed.

The measure changes the city's legal definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the "free uniting of two people," reports Reuters. Catholic leaders and conservatives are strongly opposed to the move, and are pressuring Ebrard to veto it. The lawmakers "have erased the term 'mother' and 'father' in one stroke of the pen," complained the president of the College of Catholic Attorneys.

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Dec 23, 2009 4:17 AM CST
As a person living in Mexico I must tell you, this is a huge advance. And even though the Catholic church has a huge inffluence on people, we are all nowgetting treated equally.
Dec 23, 2009 2:57 AM CST
Government shouldn't recognize marriages of any kind. They should recognize individuals, not groups of individuals. Marriage should be a private affair, and the government should stay completely out of it.
Dec 22, 2009 9:49 AM CST
So the arguments against continue to be no better than 'end of mother and father' or 'Adam & Eve no Adam and...' I can't even bring myself to finish the facile bullshit.