By Taylor Rice
The people in Mexico have long been fighting to gain equal rights for same sex marriage within their nation. Their first true victory occurred in 2009, when Mexico City became the country’s first area to legalize same-sex marriage. Then, in 2015, their Supreme Court declared that state laws preventing same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. And more recently the states of Mexico, Senora, and Sinaloa all voted to legally recognize same-sex marriage.
Now the final step has been achieved.
On October 27, 2022, lawmakers in the border state of Tamaulipas voted to legalize same-sex marriages. This makes Tamaulipas the last of Mexico’s 32 states to legalize the unions.
With the measure to amend the state’s civil code passing 23 to 12, the vote ended with cheers of “Yes, we can!” from supporters. The president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Arturo Zaldivar, welcomed the vote warmly. He stated on Twitter, “The whole country shines with a huge rainbow. Live the dignity and rights of all people. Love is love.”
This full legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico was a historic win for LGBTQ+ people everywhere. While the world still has a long way to go, this is a great step in the right direction.