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Fourth Mexico state legalizes gay marriage

Fourth Mexico state legalizes gay marriage

Nayarit state congress passed an amendment to the civil code allowing gay couples to marry.

Nayarit has become the fourth Mexican state to legalize gay marriage.

The state congress passed an amendment to the civil code on Thursday (17 December) by 26 votes to one, with one absentation.

Once the news is published in the federal government’s official journal, gay couples can marry in Nayarit without an injunction.

Several gay couples have already married in the coastal state since 2014, but only after lengthy applications to obtain court orders against civil registries that initially turned them away.

In June, Mexico’s Supreme Court declared all state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional, effectively legalizing same-sex unions nationwide.

Of Mexico’s 31 states, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Quintana Roo and now Nayarit (as well as the Federal District) are the only ones to recognize gay marriage.