Mexican Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the Mexican Supreme Court just declared such bans to be unconstitutional in that country. Perhaps a foreshadowing of the outcome in Obergefell v. Hodges?

Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.

In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory. Though the decisions have been made to little public fanfare, they have had the effect of legalizing gay marriage in Mexico without enshrining it in law.

“When I heard the judge pronounce us legally married, I burst into tears,” said Mr. Gonzalez, 41. Like nearly all same-sex couples marrying in Mexico, he and his partner needed a court order in order to exchange vows.

As the United States awaits a landmark decision on gay marriage by the Supreme Court, the Mexican court’s rulings have added the country to a slowly growing list of Latin American nations permitting same-sex unions.

Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil already allow same-sex marriage. Chile plans to recognize same-sex civil unions this year; Ecuador approved civil unions in April; and Colombia grants same-sex couples many of the same rights extended to heterosexual married couples.

“It’s a huge change from where things were 10 years ago,” said Jason Pierceson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield who studies gay marriage trends in Latin America.<

And these are all strongly Catholic countries. Equality is winning.

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  • busterggi

    But as you observed, these are Catholic countries, not Christian ones.

  • frankgturner

    @ busteriggi

    Are you being sarcastic?

  • theschwa

    Great! All them illegals in Mexico turned that country into a gay haven. Now they want to do the same thing here in America! No way, Jose.

  • busterggi

    frankturner @ 2. – NEVER!

  • blf

    Perhaps a foreshadowing of the outcome in Obergefell v. Hodges?

    It will be written in Spanish ?

  • Brent

    Interesting… one of the hopes that Republicans cling to in their fantasy that they will be able to somehow win significant numbers of Hispanic voters is the idea that Hispanics are “natural conservatives” because they come from a very Catholic country and have “family values” which are offended by gays. Here’s another very Catholic country, on the heels of the Irish referendum, opening the doors to equal rights for gays.

    Sorry, GOP, your awful racist rhetoric on immigration has lost you the Hispanic vote for at least a generation, probably for much longer, and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it. If you continue to believe after this demonstration to the contrary that Hispanics are a ripe constituency for your message because they’re so Catholic and thus easily turned into your sort of intolerant bigots, you’re delusional.

  • Synfandel

    Hah! We’ve got you Americans surrounded now.

  • Michael Latiolais


    I remember in college(when I was foolishly religious) having someone quit speaking to me altogether when they discovered that, instead of being a “good Christian,” I was a Catholic.

    “I thought you were a Christian,” she said. Last conversation we ever had.

    So, it could be sarcastic on several levels.

  • caseloweraz

    The NYT: In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory.

    All the jihadis preparing to invade the U.S. across our southern border are gonna love this!

  • d.c.wilson

    Does this mean Putin is going to invade Mexico?

  • frankgturner

    @ busterigi #4

    LOL ok I will take it that you were. Thanks for the laugh.


    @ Michael Latiolas #8

    You don’t know how many times protestants I have met have been shocked to find out that their founder had been a Catholic priest.


    And not to worry, I was foolishly religious. I was even longer than you. In retrospect what I really was was an agnostic who in the absence of evidence accepted God as existing (“guilty” of existing until proven otherwise) who went to an agnostic atheist (“not guilty” of existing and maybe even “innocent” until evidence could show otherwise).


    Of course I have started to develop confidence that God does not exist. I don’t know where that will take me.

  • wreck

    Ole’ for the gay!

  • hunter

    It’s a telling commentary on the Catholic Church’s waning influence — in addition to to those countries in Latin America that have legalized same-sex marriage, add Ireland, France, Portugal, and Spain — all largely Catholic, if not officially, then demographically.