Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mexico to Challenge Marriage/Adoption Ruling

Photo by Daniel Aguilar, Reuters

Last week we blogged about reports from a New York Times article that Mexico City had passed a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. It didn't take long after this law passed in December for fierce opposition to erupt.

Now the Agence France-Presse is reporting that five of Mexico's 32 states have announced plans to challenge this law.

Powerful religious groups and conservatives, including from President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party (PAN), have loudly opposed gay marriages.

All five states — Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Sonora and Tlaxcala — have PAN governors.

PAN said in a statement late Tuesday that the states were taking action because the Mexico City law "could oblige the states to recognize and fully acknowledge the validity of marriage between people of the same sex."

Mexico's attorney general on January 28 appealed the gay marriage measure before the country's top court.

The first legal same-sex marriages are scheduled for March in Mexico City.

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