MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Two lesbians have formed Mexico’s first gay civil union in a landmark ceremony in one of the world’s most Roman Catholic countries.
Dressed in black jackets, Karla Lopez and Karina Almaguer, both 29, became Mexico’s first gay “civil partners” on Wednesday, in Coahuila, a mining and ranching region bordering Texas.
“It is time we Mexicans begin to discuss these type of questions, without taboos, without prejudice,” David Sanchez, the only openly gay federal congressman, said on Thursday. “It’s a very historic moment.”
Last year, a Catholic bishop in Coahuila said long-term gay couples needed legal protection, but many in Mexico’s Catholic Church strongly oppose gay civil unions.
The law recognizing gay unions, which was passed on January 11, gives homosexual couples similar rights to heterosexual married couples.
“The most important part is the right over property,” said Armando Luna, deputy legal director of the Coahuila state government.
“They can decide if the worldly goods that they have or acquire remain as personal property or if they are added to the civil partnership,” Luna said.
Congrats to them and every other loving couple in Mexico fighting against prejudice for equality under the law.