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Mexico state of Chihuahua officially approves same-sex marriage

Mexico state of Chihuahua officially approves same-sex marriage

Chihuahua has officially become the fourth Mexico state to approve same-sex marriage.

Governor César Duarte Jáquez has announced his administration will no longer provent gay couples from saying their vows.

Marriage licenses are expected to be handed out from today (12 June).

Back in 2013, Chihuahuan gay couple Tony and Tómas were allowed to marry by a District Judge after being initially refused by the State Civil Registry.

But after the administration blocked their marriage, other same-sex couples came forward to petition for their rights to be married.

All couples who sued to fight for their rights will be compensated for their legal troubles

Out of the 31 states in Mexico, Chihuahua joins Coahuila, Quintana Roo and Mexico City where same-sex couples are allowed to wed.

Same-sex couples may now seek to be married through the Civil Registry of the Mexican state of Chihuahua after a District Court Judge ruled in favor of a gay couple who had sought to be married but had instead been turned away.

The couple, named as Tony and Thomas by El Pueblo, had sought to marry on 30 April but were turned away by the Chihuahua State Civil Registry.

But on 22 August 10th District Court Judge José Juan Múzquiz Gomez ordered the registry to allow Tony and Thomas to marry.

He gave the Chihuahua state government ten days to object to the ruling, which it failed to do, and on 3 September State Legal Adviser Mario Trevizo announced that the deadline had passed.

Mexico’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Oaxaca last year.

Mexico’s Supreme Court has also ruled that same-sex marriages performed out of state must be legally recognized in all 32 Mexican states including those that do not allow them to be performed in-state.

Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Oaxaca already perform same-sex marriages while the states of Colima and Coahuila allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.

However a Colima lawmaker recently said they should not be celebrated outdoors in case children are confused by them.

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