Mexico’s Supreme Court has effectively legalized same-sex marriage.
The highest court in the country has found state laws that restricted marriage only to heterosexual couples were discriminatory.
Out of the 31 states, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Quintana Roo are the only ones to recognize marriage equality. Under a previous ruling, other states must recognize marriages performed in these four.
‘As the purpose of matrimony is not procreation, there is no justified reason that the matrimonial union be heterosexual, nor that it be stated as between only a man and only a woman,’ the Supreme Court.
‘Such a statement turns out to be discriminatory in its mere expression.’
But this does not mean every state ban against same-sex marriage has been struck down, it allows gay couples denied marriage in their state to seek injunctions against district judges.
When they have enough injunctions, the court will formally order state legislatures to lift their bans.
Hiram Gonzalez and his now-husband Severiano Chavez were just one couple to have fought for marriage equality.
From Chihuahua, they too had to get a court to grant them a special injunction to allow them to get married in 2014. Their state officially recognized same-sex marriage just last week.
‘When I heard the judge pronounce us legally married, I burst into tears,’ Gonzalez told The New York Times.
‘It is not just the legal battle, but what it involves, the emotional and physical strain of the process… At the end, it’s a fight for your dignity.’