The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that a law banning gay marriage in the state of Oaxaca is unconstitutional.
The unanimous verdict to overturn the law which claims ‘one of the purposes of marriage is the perpetuation of the species’ is expected to pave the way for equal marriage across the country.
In its ruling, the court said Oaxaca’s bar on same-sex couples tying the knot in the state ‘violates the principle of equality’, reported the Associated Press.
The lawsuit, which was filed by three gay couples, could set a precedent for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists to use in the future.
‘It’s a big advance [and] a large step for other claims that will surely come in time,’ Mexico City gay rights activist Antonio Medina told Salon.com
‘It’s a significant step, without a doubt.’
Mexico City legalized gay marriage in 2010 and the Supreme Court then ruled that those unions should be recognized nationally.