Mexico: Tamaulipas approves same-sex marriage

MEXICO CITY (HPD) — Shouting “yes, it could be done!” protesters on Wednesday celebrated the approval of same-sex marriage by the Congress of the northern state of Tamaulipas, the last of Mexico’s 32 states to authorize unions between people of the same sex.

With 23 votes in favor, 12 against and two abstentions, the Tamaulipas legislators approved the reform to the state Civil Code to allow same-sex marriages.

The session took place in the midst of songs and shouts from groups for and against, who were on a balcony of the room. At certain moments they interrupted the discussions and forced the congressmen to move to another room to finish the debate.

One of those who celebrated the decision of the Tamaulipas Congress was the Minister President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Arturo Zaldívar, who declared on Twitter: “the whole country shines with a huge rainbow. Long live the dignity and rights of all people. Love is love”.

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Congress of the state of Guerrero in southern Mexico approved a similar reform to authorize same-sex unions.

In 2015, the Supreme Court declared state laws preventing same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but some states took several years to pass the reforms.

Earlier, the southeastern state of Quintana Roo became the eleventh entity to decriminalize abortion before twelve weeks of gestation, after the approval by Congress of a reform of the Penal Code to guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of women. women, as well as the right to decide.

With this decision, the Congress of Quintana Roo complied with the precepts of the sentence issued by the Supreme Court in September of last year, in which it declared the criminalization of abortion unconstitutional and established that the states did not have the competence to define the origin of abortion. life, decisions that were rejected by the leadership of the Catholic Church and organizations that defend pregnancy.

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