Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin
America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give
homosexual couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt
The bill passed the capital’s local assembly 39-20 to the cheers of supporters who yelled: “Yes, we could! Yes, we could!”
Leftist Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party is widely expected to sign the measure into law.
bill calls for changing the definition of marriage in the city’s civil
code. Marriage is currently defined as the union of a man and a woman.
The new definition will be “the free uniting of two people.”
change would allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank
loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance
policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.
are so happy,” said Temistocles Villanueva, a 23-year-old film student
who celebrated by passionately kissing his boyfriend outside the city’s