First State in Mexico Passes Marriage Equality Legislation
September 2, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
The state of Coahuila made history this week as the first in Mexico to pass marriage equality in the legislature.
The legislation, which passed Congress in a 19 to 1 vote on Monday, will take effect in one week.
The law now defines marriage as, "the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mutual aid, and make in a free, responsible, voluntary and informed way reproductive decisions that fit their life project, including the possibility of procreation or adoption."
In the U.S., 19 states plus the District of Columbia, currently recognize the rights of loving, committed same-sex couples to marry.
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