Same-sex marriage in Mexico
In Mexico, only civil marriages are recognized by law, and all its proceedings fall under state legislation. By court order, all states in Mexico either allow the performance of same-sex marriages, or recognize such marriages when performed in other states. Same-sex marriage is performed in Mexico City and in the states of Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo and San Luis Potosí, as well as in certain municipalities in Guerrero, Querétaro and Zacatecas. Altogether, 57% of the population live in states and municipalities that perform same-sex marriage. Legislation to change the laws covering same-sex marriage is currently proposed in almost every other state. In addition, courts in all states must approve marriage licenses for same-sex couples when petitioned to do so; individual same-sex marriages have occurred in every state.
Same-sex civil unions (Spanish: sociedad de convivencia)[a] are legally performed in Mexico City and in the states of Campeche, Coahuila, Michoacán, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz. From 2013 to 2016, they were also performed in the state of Colima, but were replaced by same-sex marriage legislation. They were also performed in Jalisco beginning in 2014, but the law was struck down on procedural grounds in 2018.
Since August 2010, same-sex marriages performed within Mexico are recognized by the 31 states without exception, and fundamental spousal rights (such as alimony payments, inheritance rights, and the coverage of spouses by the federal social security system) also apply to same-sex couples across the country.
In June 2015, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The court's ruling is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" and did not invalidate any state laws, but standardized the procedures for judges and courts throughout Mexico to approve all applications for same-sex marriages.
On 18 December 2019, the ruling party, MORENA, introduced a constitutional amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage at the federal level, upgrade civil unions to marriage, and require all states to adjust their laws correspondingly within three months of passage.
On 9 November 2006, after several years of consideration, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City approved a civil union law called Ley de Sociedades de Convivencia. It was the first such law in Mexico, soon followed by the northern state of Coahuila in January 2007.
In late November 2009, the leading party in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), announced that it was introducing an amendment to the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico City, a project endorsed by the local Head of Government, Marcelo Ebrard, but strongly opposed by the second-largest political force in the country, the right-of-center National Action Party (PAN) and the Roman Catholic Church. The bill found support from over 600 non-governmental organizations, including the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) and Amnesty International (AI). On 21 December 2009, Mexico City became the first Latin American jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage. The law became effective on 4 March 2010.
On 5 August 2010, the Supreme Court voted 8–2 to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico City's same-sex marriage law. The Court later ruled on 10 August 2010 that Mexico City marriages are valid throughout the entire country.
On 28 November 2011, the first two same-sex marriages occurred in Quintana Roo after discovering that Quintana Roo's Civil Code did not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage, but these marriages were later annulled by the Governor of Quintana Roo in April 2012. In May 2012, the Secretary of State of Quintana Roo reversed the annulments and allowed for future same-sex marriages to be performed in the state.
A 2012 Oaxaca case was pivotal in opening the door to legal same-sex marriage in every state in Mexico, through the recurso de amparo process. Using international decisions, whose verdicts serve as legal precedent in Mexican courts, like the protections in the American Convention on Human Rights Atala Riffo and Daughters v. Chile case, the U.S. cases Loving v. Virginia and Brown v. Board of Education and Mexico's own anti-discrimination ordinances, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation ruled on 5 December 2012 that: 1) Laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman, or for the purposes of perpetuating the species, violated federal law requiring that they "correspond to all persons without any distinction" and 2) That such laws were unconstitutional on the basis of discrimination by sexual orientation and usurpation of the right, not only of the individual but also the couple's right, to form a family. The ruling did not directly overturn the impugned laws, but established that marriages obtained by injunction could be performed in any state, regardless of whether the state Civil Code had been changed.
A landmark decision, issued on 29 January 2014, was the first injunction for marriage recognition in Puebla. The case involved a same-sex couple who legally married in Mexico City in 2012 and filed for spousal benefits with the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in the state of Puebla, but were denied. Because the complainant died during the injunction process, a lower court had dismissed the case, but the Supreme Court granted the injunction and ordered recognition of the marriage by both the state of Puebla and the IMSS. The injunction required IMSS to extend benefits it offered to married heterosexual couples to same-sex couples anywhere in Mexico who are married or in civil unions.
A decision of the Mexico Supreme Court on 12 June 2015 resulted in a ruling that found that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. The court's ruling is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" and did not invalidate any state laws, meaning same-sex couples denied the right to wed would still have to seek individual injunctions. The ruling standardized the procedures for judges and courts throughout Mexico to approve all applications for same-sex marriages, and made the approval mandatory. The ruling was published in the country's Judicial Gazette on 19 June 2015 and became binding on 22 June 2015. Some have suggested the ruling "effectively legalizes" same-sex marriage in Mexico, though without legislative change, civil registrars are still bound to follow state laws. Indeed, the Supreme Court does not have the legal power to strike down all the states' same-sex marriage bans. It can only do so one at a time and under specific circumstances.
The ruling states:
"Marriage. The law of any federative entity that, on the one hand, considers that the purpose of it [marriage] is procreation and/or that defines it as that which is celebrated between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional." (Matrimonio. La ley de cualquier entidad federativa que, por un lado, considere que la finalidad de aquél es la procreación y/o que lo defina como el que se celebra entre un hombre y una mujer, es inconstitucional.)
On 20 December 2015, the National Human Rights Commission submitted a general recommendation to all state executive and legislative bodies, requesting them to allow same-sex marriages in their jurisdictions. It also stated that the National Human Rights Commission considers differentiated marriage constructions for same-sex couples (such as civil unions) to be discriminatory.
On 17 May 2016, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced he had signed an initiative to amend Article 4 of the Mexican Constitution, which would legalise same-sex marriage nationwide. Any amendment to the Constitution requires support of at least a two-thirds majority in Congress and ratification from a simple majority of the 31 states. He also submitted a bill to make appropriate changes in the Civil Code. Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Issues of the Chamber of Deputies, Daniel Ordoñez, announced in June 2016 that the President's initiative would be debated within the committee later in the year. Ordoñez also said that 47,000 letters expressing opposition to the initiative were received though none of them were signed. On 9 November 2016, the committee rejected the initiative 19 votes to 8.
On 30 November 2016, the Mexican Supreme Court unanimously declared that six articles of the Law of the Institute of Social Security and Social Services of State Workers (Spanish: Ley del Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado, ISSSTE) were unconstitutional because they discriminated against same-sex couples. The Court found that the wording of articles 6, 39, 40, 131 and 135, and sections I and II of the ISSSTE Act violated the rights of same-sex couples to affiliate as beneficiaries of the Institute, and thus, those articles violate the principle of equality and non-discrimination established in Articles 1 and 123 of the Constitution.
On 30 January 2017, a ruling issued by the First Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court took effect. The ruling states that all same-sex couples in Mexico have a nationwide right to establish and maintain a family life, whether through procreation, adoption or other means derived from scientific advances.
The 2018 general elections resulted in the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), a pro-same-sex marriage left-wing party, winning the majority or plurality of legislative seats in 13 states where same-sex marriage was not legal at the time. MORENA along with the pro-same-sex marriage Labor Party also won an absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. In October 2018, shortly after the beginning of the new legislative term, PRD Senator Juan Zepeda Hernández introduced a draft proposal to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide in Mexico.
In September 2018, MORENA Senator Germán Martínez introduced a draft proposal to codify certain court rulings pertaining to the legal rights of same-sex couples into law, namely social security benefits and the right to a widow or widower's pension. On 6 November 2018, the Senate unanimously (110–0) approved the bill. It unanimously (415–0) passed the Chamber of Deputies later that month. The bill was gazetted on 29 November 2018.
On 19 October 2018, a Mexican federal court ruled that Mexico must recognize same-sex marriages performed in Mexican consulates and embassies abroad as long as one partner is a Mexican citizen. The plaintiffs in the case married at the Mexican consulate in New York City on 26 November. Since the couple married via amparo, other same-sex couples who wished to marry were not automatically allowed to do so. In late November, Senator Ricardo Monreal introduced a bill to Congress to allow same-sex marriages in Mexican consulates without the need for an amparo. On 16 May 2019, the Secretary of Foreign Relations issued a decree authorizing same-sex marriages without amparo in all Mexican consulates.
The Constitution of Mexico does not explicitly define nor ban same-sex marriage. The Constitution does contain various articles protecting the "integrity of the family" and the "fraternity and equality of rights of all" and forbidding "any form of discrimination, based on [...] sexual orientation, marital status, [...] which violates the human dignity or seeks to annul or diminish the rights and freedoms of the people". For these reasons, the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
México Igualitario Project
The activist group México Igualitario is pursuing a legal strategy to win same-sex marriage state-by-state through court action. When a court in Mexico rules that an existing law is unconstitutional in five separate and consecutive amparos, using identical language in each ruling, this creates jurisprudence against that law and bounds the state legislatures to change the law. This process is called recurso de amparo. When a same-sex couple is denied the right to marry, they can file an amparo with a court to request that they be allowed to legally marry. Since 2015, the courts have been obliged to rule in favor of same-sex couples seeking marriage certificates. An amparo may be invoked when a person feels their rights have been violated. The process is not expensive, but is "time-consuming". The English word "injunction" can be used to refer to amparos. Despite the legal requirement for the states to legalize same-sex marriage after 5 amparo rulings, this has often not been followed through. In Chihuahua, prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage there in 2015, almost 20 injunctions were carried out. Several states have chosen to ignore or delay the implementation of same-sex marriage.
A different procedure exists. If officials in a given state repeatedly appeal amparo cases to a federal appeals court and lose five times in a row (note that since 2015 no court in Mexico is allowed to rule against same-sex marriage), and if the appellate court then forwards the results to the Supreme Court (SCJN), the SCJN can force the state legislature to repeal its ban. The Court gives the state a deadline by which it must modify its laws, usually 90 or 180 business days. If the state fails to change its laws to allow same-sex marriage by that date, the SCJN will issue a "General Declaration of Unconstitutionality" (Spanish: Declaratoria General de Inconstitucionalidad) and struck the law down. In these cases, the amparo is also called a "resolution". In November 2016, Sinaloa became the first state to reach five identical resolutions in a row, followed by Chihuahua in February 2017, Nuevo León in October 2018, and Tamaulipas in November 2018. However, state authorities in several of these states have intentionally delayed and blocked attempts to legalize same-sex marriage in their civil codes, stating among others that they have not yet received the "General Declaration of Unconstitutionality". Other states that are close to reaching five resolutions include Aguascalientes and Sonora.
Actions of unconstitutionality
An "action of unconstitutionality" (Spanish: acción de inconstitucionalidad) is a lawsuit seeking to determine if a certain law is unconstitutional. In Mexico, they can only be filed within 30 days after the law has come into force. As many state marriage laws in Mexico are decades-old, LGBT groups cannot file an action of unconstitutionality against these laws. However, if these laws are modified by the state legislatures, then this qualifies for an action of unconstitutionality. For instance, in 2016, the Congress of Puebla modified its marriage laws, but left intact provisions outlawing same-sex marriages. LGBT groups quickly filed an action of unconstitutionality. Actions of unconstitutionality are reviewed by the full bench of the Mexican Supreme Court. The Court decides whether these laws are constitutional, and if they are not, they are struck down. Unlike the amparo and resolution processes described above, the action of unconstitutionality process is absolute. The states cannot ignore it.
As of April 2019, five states (Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Jalisco, Nuevo León, and Puebla) have had their same-sex marriage bans struck down by the Supreme Court in such a way.
2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling
On 8 January 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that the American Convention on Human Rights mandates and requires the recognition of same-sex marriage. The ruling was fully binding on Costa Rica and set binding precedent in other Latin American and Caribbean countries including Mexico.
In the wake of this ruling, LGBT advocacy groups in Mexico have urged the Government to abide by the ruling, and fully legalize same-sex marriage.
States and territories that fully license same-sex marriage
Same-sex couples are free to marry in 18 states and the national capital, covering 55% of the population. An additional 2% of the population live in municipalities that allow same-sex marriage; these are discussed under "states with local recognition" below.
|Date of enactment/ruling||Date effective||Legalization method||Details|
|Aguascalientes||1,312,544||2 April 2019||16 August 2019[c]||Judicial decree||Ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court|
|Baja California||3,315,766||3 November 2017||3 November 2017||Governmental decree|
|Baja California Sur||763,929||27 June 2019||29 June 2019||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Baja California Sur|
|Campeche||899,931||10 May 2016||20 May 2016||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Campeche|
|Chiapas||5,217,908||11 July 2017||11 May 2018[c]||Judicial decree||Ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court|
|Chihuahua||3,556,574||11 June 2015||12 June 2015||Gubernatorial decree|
|Coahuila||2,954,915||1 September 2014||17 September 2014||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Coahuila|
|Colima||711,235||25 May 2016||12 June 2016||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Colima|
|Hidalgo||2,858,359||24 May 2019||11 June 2019||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Hidalgo|
|Jalisco||7,844,830||26 January 2016||21 April 2016[c]||Judicial decree||Ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court|
|Mexico City||8,918,653||29 December 2009||4 March 2010||Legislative statute and constitutional amendment||Passed by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City|
|Michoacán||4,584,471||18 May 2016||23 June 2016||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Michoacán|
|Morelos||1,903,811||18 May 2016||5 July 2016||Legislative statute and constitutional amendment||Passed by the Congress of Morelos and ratified by a majority of the state's municipalities|
|Nayarit||1,181,050||17 December 2015||23 December 2015||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of Nayarit|
|Nuevo León||5,119,504||19 February 2019||31 May 2019[c]||Judicial decree||Ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court|
|Oaxaca||3,967,889||26 August 2018||26 August 2018||Administrative decision and legislative statute||Order of the State Director of the Civil Registry. Later codified by the Congress of Oaxaca|
|Puebla||6,168,883||1 August 2017||16 February 2018[c]||Judicial decree||Ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court|
|Quintana Roo||1,501,562||3 May 2012||3 May 2012||Administrative decision||Decision of the state's Secretary of State|
|San Luis Potosí||2,717,820||17 May 2019||21 May 2019||Legislative statute||Passed by the Congress of San Luis Potosí|
|Total||65,489,634 (54.8% of the Mexican population of 119,530,753)|
- Civil unions
Being the seat of the Powers of the Union, Mexico City did not belong to any particular state but to all. After years of demanding greater political autonomy, residents were given the right to directly elect the Head of Government of Mexico City and the representatives of the unicameral Legislative Assembly by popular vote in 1997. Ever since, the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) has controlled both political powers.
In the early 2000s, Enoé Uranga, an openly lesbian politician and activist, unsuccessfully pushed a bill that would have legalized same-sex civil unions in Mexico City under the name Ley de Sociedades de Convivencia (LSC). Despite being passed four times by legislative commissions, the bill repeatedly got stuck in plenary voting for its sensitive nature, which could be attributed to the widespread opposition from right-wing groups and then Head of Government Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ambiguity concerning the bill. Nonetheless, since new left-wing Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was expected to take power in December 2006, the ALDF decided to take up the bill and approved it in a 43–17 vote on 9 November.
The law was well received by feminist and LGBT groups, including Emilio Álvarez Icaza, then-chairman of Mexico City's Human Rights Commission, who declared that "the law was not a threat to anyone in particular and that it will be a matter of time before it shows positive consequences for different social groups." It was strongly opposed by conservative groups such as the National Parents' Union and the Roman Catholic Church, which labeled the assemblymen who voted for the law as "sinners" and complained it was "vengeance against the Catholic Church from the more radical groups from the left, who felt it was a demand for justice." The law officially took effect on 16 March 2007. Mexico City's first same-sex civil union was between Jorge Cerpa, a 31-year-old economist, and Antonio Medina, a 38-year-old journalist. By December 2009, 736 same-sex civil unions had taken place in the city, of which 24 had been annulled (3%).
In early September 2014, modifications to the civil union agreement were drafted to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and dissolution support. In essence, the law had provided that upon termination, domestic partners were only allowed support for a period equal to half the length of the partnership. The Supreme Court ruled that the provision was discriminatory as it accorded differential treatment in cases of partnership for cohabitation, marriage or concubinage.
On 24 November 2009, PRD Assemblyman David Razú proposed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico City. Luis González Plascencia, chairman of the Humans Rights Commission of Mexico City, backed the bill and said that it was up to the Legislative Assembly to consider LGBT adoption. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Amnesty International, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and over 600 non-governmental organizations supported the legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City. PAN announced it would either go to the courts to appeal the law or demand a referendum. However, a referendum on same-sex marriage was rejected by the Legislative Assembly in a 36–22 vote on 18 December 2009. On 21 December 2009, the Legislative Assembly legalized same-sex marriage (39–20) in Mexico City. The bill changed the definition of marriage in the city's Civil Code from "a free union between a man and a woman" to "a free union between two people." The law grants same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples, including adopting children. PAN vowed to challenge the law in the courts. On 29 December 2009, Head of Government Marcelo Ebrard signed the bill into law, which became effective on 4 March 2010. On 5 August, the Supreme Court voted 8–2 to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico City's same-sex marriage law. The Court ruled on 10 August 2010 that Mexico City marriages are valid throughout the country.
From 2014 onwards, multiple same-sex marriage, concubinage and civil union bills were presented to the Congress of Aguascalientes, though all of them stalled due to inaction from the ruling party, PAN.
An action of unconstitutionality was filed in 2018 by the State Human Rights Commission of Aguascalientes (Spanish: Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos de Aguascalientes), challenging articles 143, 144 and 113 bis of the Civil Code, which limited marriage to opposite-sex couples in order to "perpetuate the species". On 2 April 2019, the full bench of the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case, invalidating the state's same-sex marriage ban. The ruling went into effect upon publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation on 16 August 2019. The Civil Registry had already begun issuing same-sex marriage certificates prior to this date, however.
On 23 August 2010, shortly after the ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court requiring all states to recognise same-sex marriages validly performed in another state, state legislators introduced an amendment to article 7 of the Constitution of the State of Baja California, adding the definition of marriage as being the union of a man and a woman. On 29 September 2010, the Congress of Baja California voted 18–1 in favor of the amendment, and after approval by municipalities, it was published on 27 May 2011. On 13 November 2014, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that Baja California's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
A bill was introduced to the Baja California Congress on 12 February 2015 to fully legalise same-sex marriage in the state by changing article 7 of the state Constitution. In March 2015, politicians in Tijuana began work on an initiative to legalise same-sex marriage in the city. On 22 February 2017, the head of Baja California's adoption agency declared that same-sex couples have the right to adopt in the state; in line with jurisprudence established by the Supreme Court.
On 3 November 2017, the State Government announced that it would cease to enforce its same-sex marriage ban and that the Civil Registry will begin accepting applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.
Baja California Sur
A same-sex marriage bill was first proposed in Baja California Sur on 9 April 2010 by the organization La Comunidad Sudcaliforniana en Diversidad Sexual. No action was taken by the state Congress. The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA and other pro-same-sex marriage parties winning a majority of legislative seats in Baja California Sur. On 27 June 2019, the state Congress approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, in a 14-5 vote, with one abstention. It was signed by the Governor the same day and published in the official journal on 28 June 2019. The law took effect the following day.
In April 2016, Campeche Governor Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas submitted a same-sex marriage bill to Congress, which was approved on 10 May 2016. The law was published in the official state gazette on 16 May 2016 and came into effect on 20 May 2016. Campeche became the seventh Mexican state to allow same-sex marriage without the need for a court order.
On 6 April 2016, an action of unconstitutionality was filed before the Mexican Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled, in a 9–2 decision, on 11 July 2017 that the man-woman definition of marriage in the Chiapas Civil Code was unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage in Chiapas and eliminating the need for an amparo. The ruling came into effect upon publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation, on 11 May 2018. Nonetheless, the Civil Registry began accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples from 30 October 2017, and same-sex couples have been able to marry since that date.
On 11 June 2015, the state Governor announced the state would no longer prevent same-sex marriages, making Chihuahua the fourth jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor César Duarte Jáquez announced that licenses would be available by 12 June 2015. On 16 June 2015, the President of the Chihuahuan Congress announced that the state would debate the legal codification of the executive decision. Additionally, according to the state National System for Integral Family Development, same-sex couples are allowed to adopt jointly in Chihuahua.
In February 2017, the Mexican Supreme Court issued its fifth resolution against Chihuahua, and ruled the state's Civil Code unconstitutional because it has not yet been modified to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court ordered the state Congress to change its Civil Code within 90 days. However, the Congress has refused to do so. In October 2018, the 10th District Court ruled that should the Congress fail to update its laws "soon", it would hold legislators in contempt and order their dismissal from office.
The legalization of same-sex civil unions in Coahuila had started to be discussed as early as November 2006, simultaneously with the discussion then ongoing in Mexico City. On 11 January 2007, the state Congress legalized same-sex civil unions under the name pacto civil de solidaridad, which gave property and inheritance rights to same-sex couples. Twenty days after the law had passed, the country's first same-sex civil union took place in Saltillo. It was between 29-year-olds Karina Almaguer and Karla Lopez, a lesbian couple from Tamaulipas.
On 5 March 2013, Congressman Samuel Acevedo Flores, from the Social Democratic Party, introduced a bill to the Congress of Coahuila to legalize same-sex marriages and adoption by same-sex couples. On 11 February 2014, Congress approved the adoption bill and passed the same-sex marriage bill on 1 September 2014. It took effect on 17 September, and the first couple married on 20 September.
In July 2009, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) introduced a formal initiative to legalize civil unions in the western state of Colima. Nevertheless, the following month, the local Congress decided not to take up the initiative, following widespread opposition from right-wing groups. In December 2009, Governor Mario Anguiano Moreno agreed to discuss the legalization of civil unions and adoption by same-sex couples.
On 4 July 2013, the State Congress approved a new form of union, called enlace conyugal (conjugal bond) for same-sex couples, which according to PRI Deputy Martín Flores Castañeda grants the same rights and obligations as marriage.
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state was unanimously approved by the Congress of Colima on 25 May 2016. The bill was passed 24 to 0. The existing same-sex civil union law was repealed simultaneously. The same-sex marriage law was published in the state's official gazette on 11 June 2016 and came into effect on 12 June 2016. The new law allows couples who previously contracted civil unions before the legislation was repealed to have them recognized by the state or converted to a marriage. It also allows same-sex couples to adopt children jointly.
As Mexico City and Coahuila had recently legalized civil unions, a similar proposal was introduced in Hidalgo in July 2007. However, it stalled and never reached a vote. In October 2013, the Congress indicated there was not sufficient "maturity" in the society to accept same-sex marriage and that it would instead consider a conjugal partnership bill.
The 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats in Hidalgo. After the election, a same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the state Congress. The bill was approved on 14 May 2019, in a vote of 18–2, with 8 abstentions. Governor Omar Fayad signed the bill on 24 May. It was published in the official journal on 10 June 2019 and took effect the following day.
In April 2013, a cross-party group of deputies presented the Free Coexistence Act (Spanish: Ley de Libre Convivencia) to the state Congress. The Act established that same-sex civil unions can be performed in the state, as long as they are not considered marriages. It did not legalize adoption and mandated that civil unions be performed with a civil law notary. On 31 October 2013, the Jalisco Congress approved the Act in a 20–15 vote, one abstained and three were absent. The law took effect on 1 January 2014. On 13 September 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation struck down the law on procedural grounds.
The first same-sex marriage in the state occurred via amparo in December 2013. On 26 January 2016, the full bench of the Mexican Supreme Court unanimously declared the Civil Code unconstitutional for limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. The Jalisco State Civil Registry Directory changed all marriage licenses to gender-neutral on 22 March 2016 so that same-sex couples can already begin receiving them. On 21 April 2016, the Supreme Court ruling took effect after being printed in the Official Diary of the Mexican Federation.
On 12 May 2016, the Congress of Jalisco instructed all the state's municipalities to issue same-sex marriage licenses. In June 2017, a bill removing the heterosexual definition of marriage and inserting a gender-neutral definition was introduced to Congress.
On 27 August 2015, the Justice and Human Rights Committee announced it would enact a civil union law for same-sex couples. It was approved unanimously in a 34–0 vote by the full Michoacán Congress on 7 September 2015. The law was published on 30 September 2015 in the state's official journal.
On 9 February 2016, the Justice and Human Rights Committee approved a Family Code that would allow same-sex marriage and joint adoption. It was stated that the full Michoacán Congress would vote on the proposal in the coming days. However, the vote was postponed until sometime in May 2016. On 18 May 2016, the State Congress eventually approved the proposal by a vote of 27 in favor, none opposed and 8 abstentions. The law was published in the state's official diary on 22 June 2016 and came into effect on 23 June. The law allows couples to adopt children jointly.
On 18 May 2016, the Congress of Morelos voted 20 to 6 to approve a constitutional change to legalize same-sex marriage. A constitutional amendment requires the ratification of at least 17 of the 33 municipalities in the state. The 33 municipalities had until 25 June 2016 to act on the amendment. At the end of the process, a total of 17 municipalities had ratified the constitutional change and 15 had voted against ratification, while 1 municipality was awarded an extra week, although the clear majority being in favor meant that same-sex marriage would become legal in the state. The law was promulgated and published in the state's official gazette on 4 July 2016. It took effect on 5 July. The state adoption agency clarified that the law shall allow same-sex couples to adopt jointly as the process is open to all spouses in Morelos.
On 25 June 2015, PRD Deputy Luis Manuel Hernández Escobedo introduced a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and making the definition of concubinage gender-neutral. On 17 December 2015, the State Congress approved the bill, in a 26–1 vote, with 1 abstention. The bill was published in the official journal, following the Governor's signature, on 22 December 2015, and took effect the following day.
On 17 June 2015, the New Alliance Party announced their intention to introduce a same-sex marriage bill. An Independent congressman announced his intention to submit his own civil union proposal with the support of the ruling PAN. On 22 June 2015, New Alliance member and Congress President, María Dolores Leal Cantú, presented the same-sex marriage bill. On 16 May 2016, the president of the Legislative Commission of the State Congress announced that the bill would be voted upon sometime in September, but this did not happen.
An action of unconstitutionality against Nuevo León's same-sex marriage ban was filed in February 2018. On 19 February 2019, the Supreme Court declared articles 140 and 148 of the state Civil Code unconstitutional, fully legalizing same-sex marriage in Nuevo León. The ruling came into effect on 31 May 2019 upon publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
On 26 August 2012, a Mexican federal court judge ordered the state of Oaxaca to perform same-sex marriages based on a constitutional amendment which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. This ruling was reviewed by the Mexican Supreme Court and the Court issued a unanimous ruling against the ban on same-sex marriage.
In July 2017, a same-sex couple was successful in getting married without first receiving a court order. From late August 2018, the Civil Registry has allowed same-sex couples to marry without the need for an amparo. However, the process took three business days, compared with two hours for opposite-sex couples.
On 7 December 2006, a similar civil union bill to that of Mexico City was proposed in Puebla, but it faced strong opposition and criticism from deputies of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), who declared that "the traditional family is the only social model, and there cannot be another one." Though proposals were presented in 2011 and repeatedly introduced in successive years, no change to the law was approved by the legislatures.
On 27 April 2016, an action of unconstitutionality was filed before the Mexican Supreme Court. On 1 August 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously declared same-sex marriage to be legal in Puebla, striking down the Civil Code which limited marriage to one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation, and eliminating the need for individual amparos. The ruling came into effect on 16 February 2018, after publication in the Official Diary of the Federation. Shortly after the ruling, Puebla officials confirmed that same-sex couples are allowed to adopt.
Same-sex marriages can be performed in Quintana Roo after a decision by the state's Secretary of State. In November 2011, some public officials in the state began performing same-sex marriages after reviewing the state's Civil Code. The Civil Code of Quintana Roo does not state sex or gender requirements for marriage, only specifying "people interested in getting married". A same-sex couple filed for a marriage license in Cancún and Chetumal after discovering this legal quirk, but both cities rejected their applications, arguing that a man-woman marriage was implied. The couple then applied in Lázaro Cárdenas Municipality, where authorities accepted the application. Quintana Roo's first two same-sex marriages were held in the community of Kantunilkin on 28 November 2011. In May 2012, the Secretary of State issued a decision allowing for future same-sex marriages to be performed in Quintana Roo.
In November 2014, it was announced that a bill to officially legalize same-sex marriage in the state would be introduced and voted on in the current legislative session, thereby replacing the loophole used by couples. In May 2017, a new same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the state Congress.
San Luis Potosí
On 28 April 2014, a citizens' initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was submitted to the Congress of San Luis Potosí. On 8 August 2014, the Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and Gender Equity, Miguel Maza Hernández, said that analysis of the proposal would begin. On 17 June 2015, Hernández announced the state's commitment to extending marriage to same-sex couples and stated that deliberations would happen after the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling declaring all laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional is published in the judicial gazette. On 6 June 2016, it was announced that a special committee would study the marriage bill and vote on it within 90 days. In November 2016, the state Congress voted against the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. One PRD deputy, who mistakenly voted against the bill, announced that he would introduce a new same-sex marriage proposal in 2017.
States with local recognition
Three states (Zacatecas, Querétaro and Guerrero) have same-sex marriage at a municipal level, constituting 60% of the population of Querétaro, 30% of Zacatecas and 15% of Guerrero. As of 2019, parties ostensibly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage control the legislatures of Zacatecas and Guerrero.
After the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation's ruling went into effect on 22 June 2015, officials in Guerrero began announcing plans for a collective group wedding. Governor Rogelio Ortega submitted a same-sex marriage bill to Congress on 7 July 2015. Legislators complained that they would have preferred to have the bill passed before marriages took place, but it was not feasible in the available time-frame. On 10 July 2015, 20 same-sex couples were married by Governor Ortega in Acapulco. On 13 January 2016, the head of the Civil Registry of Acapulco stated that the 20 same-sex marriages that occurred on 10 July 2015 in Acapulco were void, as there was no law to permit same-sex marriage in the state. On 13 February 2016, a day before mass Valentine's Day weddings were planned statewide, the head of Guerrero's State Civil Registry department announced that same-sex couples could marry in any jurisdiction willing to marry the couples and criticised Acapulco's Civil Registry and other civil registries throughout the state for not allowing these kinds of weddings. The department head stated that same-sex marriages conducted in Guerrero would be legally valid. Some Guerreran municipalities such as Chilpancingo de los Bravo and Zihuatanejo de Azueta marry same-sex couples, while others such as Acapulco refuse to do so.
The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats in Guerrero.
On 10 September 2014, it was announced that the state Congress would be considering a civil union bill, as the two prior injunctions obtained were insufficient to require Congress to evaluate same-sex marriage. On 28 November 2014, Luis Bernardo Nava Guerrero, President of the Congressional Joint Commission, announced that the legislation would be postponed to 2015. On 13 June 2016, Eric Salas González, President of the Querétaro Congress, announced that the Congress would wait until same-sex marriage is legislated at the federal level before changing the state Civil Code.
On 21 July 2015, the civil registrar of the municipality of Santiago de Querétaro, which comprises 46% of the state's population, announced that same-sex couples may marry in the municipality without the need for an amparo. As of January 2017, seven other municipalities in the state are marrying same-sex couples without requiring them to receive an amparo beforehand: Amealco de Bonfil, Cadereyta de Montes, Ezequiel Montes, Huimilpan, Pedro Escobedo, San Joaquín and Tolimán, comprising 60% of the state's population altogether. The remaining municipalities require same-sex couples to receive an amparo before getting married.
Querétaro is one of four states, without same-sex marriage at the state level, where pro-same-sex marriage parties do not have a majority of state legislative seats in 2019.
On 18 June 2015, a member of PRD announced that she would submit a bill to reform the state's Civil and Family Codes to give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual married couples.
The July 2018 elections resulted in pro-same-sex marriage parties winning a majority of legislative seats in Zacatecas.
On 14 February 2019, the city of Zacatecas announced it would begin issuing same-sex marriage certificates. Despite claims from the Governor that the marriages would be void, and calls from Bishop Sigifredo Noriega to stop the marriages, the first couple married on 23 February. The municipality of Cuauhtémoc followed suit on 1 March, while a new same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the state Congress around that time. Villanueva followed suit on 20 May 2019.
On 14 August 2019, the state Congress rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, in 11-13 vote, with 2 abstentions.
Of the remaining thirteen states, two (Sinaloa and Tamaulipas) are mandated by the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, and two (Tlaxcala and Veracruz) have civil unions. As of 2019, parties in ostensibly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage control the legislatures of all but three (Yucatán, Tamaulipas and Guanajuato), though the Morena-controlled Congress of Sinaloa rejected the court-mandated legislation on 19 June 2019.
In September 2013, PRD Deputy Israel Soto Peña introduced a bill to legalize same sex marriage in the state. In February 2014, as no action had been taken on the bill, he requested that it be expedited. On 10 April 2014, the bill was rejected on the basis that it would not sufficiently address the legal changes necessary to correct the Civil Code. In May, Soto Peña announced that he would revamp the initiative and resubmit it, which he did on 1 November 2014.
On 10 February 2016, the Justice Commission of the Congress of Durango approved a draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. However, the bill's plenary discussion was postponed for 6 months in order to organize discussions on the matter and to inform legislators on the subject before a vote. On 31 January 2017, Congress rejected the bill, in a 15–4 vote with 4 abstentions. The bill proposed by PAN was supported by both the PRD and PAN, but was opposed by the PRI.
- In December 2013, the first same-sex male couple was able to marry in Durango after obtaining an injunction. It was appealed, and the Supreme Court later ruled in favor of the couple.
- On 13 November 2014, it was announced that 18 people had filed an injunction in Durango against the Civil Code. A first hearing was scheduled for 27 November 2014. The State Congress argued against the injunction, stating that challenges to the Civil Code had to be made within 30 days of it being enacted, thus the plaintiffs were 66 years too late. Activists then escalated the injunction request to the Supreme Court.
- On 1 April 2015, it was announced that the 18 couples had hit another setback when the state claimed they could not seek an injunction because their residency was questioned. The couples reiterated their intention to file a case before the Mexican Supreme Court.
In response to the first amparo approval, on 21 February 2014, the PRD introduced a bill to Congress to amend the Guanajuato Civil Code so as to allow same-sex marriages. The plan was endorsed by the PRI on 26 February 2014. A detailed plan to move the initiatives forward was presented on 19 January 2015. On 13 April 2015, the Justice Committee, with a majority from the state's ruling PAN party, voted 3–2 to shelve both bills citing PAN's objection to same-sex unions.
On 29 April 2016, the Guanajuato City Council unanimously passed a resolution allowing a lesbian couple to marry in the municipality. Additionally, they urged Governor Miguel Márquez Márquez to change the Civil Code to allow for same-sex marriages. In October 2018, PRD Deputy Isidoro Bazaldúa Lugo introduced a same-sex marriage bill to Congress.
Guanajuato is one of four states without same-sex marriage where pro-same-sex marriage parties do not have a majority of legislative seats in 2019.
- On 2 September 2013, a lesbian couple was denied the right to marry by the Civil Registry. The couple appealed the decision in federal court. The Civil Registry argued that article 72 of the Rules of the Civil Registry defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, whereas the couple's attorneys argued that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. On 18 September 2013, the judge approved the couple's amparo. On 19 March 2014, the couple became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state.
- On 4 March 2014, PRI Deputy Guillermo Romo Méndez agreed to assist a group of 45 same-sex couples in submitting individual amparos to register their marriages in the state. 33 couples came from León, while the remaining 12 came from Silao. 40 of them were male same-sex couples and 5 of them were lesbian couples.
- On 19 March 2014, a collective injunction was filed for 30 couples in León.
- On 3 July 2014, a male same-sex couple were denied a marriage license by the civil registry of León and filed for an injunction.
- On 16 September 2014, it was announced by the Human Development and Sexuality A.C. (Spanish: Desarrollo Humano y Sexualidad A.C.) in Irapuato that a collective amparo of 320 people was to be filed.
- On 25 November 2014, a First District judge ruled in favor of the amparo filed on 3 July, and no appeal was filed by the state. The couple married in January 2015.
- In April 2016, the Civil Registry announced they had already married nine same-sex couples in the state.
- On 27 May 2016, a federal judge granted an amparo to a same-sex couple, and ruled it is discriminatory to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.
- Guanajuato's tenth same-sex marriage amparo was granted to a same-sex couple from Salamanca in August 2016.
- In November 2016, two women who had been granted an amparo were united in marriage in Irapuato. From August to November 2016, fifteen amparos against the state's same-sex marriage ban were issued.
- By May 2018, 43 amparos had been granted in the state.
In 2008, an initiative for the legalization of civil unions was launched in México, but never advanced. In 2010, a citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was presented to Congress. After 3 years, it had not been reviewed and thus in mid-2013 PRD Deputy Octavio Martínez introduced a same-sex marriage bill. In January 2014, Martínez said that the PRD would continue to press for same-sex marriage and insisted that it be discussed by Congress. In January 2015, Israfil Filós Real, president of the Vulnerable Groups Civil Association (Spanish: Grupos Vulnerables Asociación Civil), called on the state Congress to act on the same-sex marriage proposal. Consequently, the state Governor submitted a new marriage bill, while PRD submitted a proposal to legalize same-sex adoption on 5 March 2015. A Congress session for the possible approval of the Governor's same-sex marriage bill was scheduled for 31 May 2016. However, two political parties, PAN and New Alliance, requested more time to study the proposal. José Manzur Quiroga, Secretary General of the State Government, announced that the bill may be voted upon during Congress' next extraordinary session, though no vote has taken place as of May 2019.
The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats in México.
- On 15 February 2013, four same-sex couples filed documents to marry at the Civil Registry of Toluca and after their refusal, filed for an amparo. On 24 June 2013, a federal judge granted the injunction ruling that the Civil Code of the state prohibiting their marriages was discriminatory, but the state filed an appeal. The appellate Court on Administrative Matters of the Second Circuit in the State declared itself unable to resolve the dispute in January 2014, whereupon it was escalated to the Supreme Court. Disposition of the case was set for 6 November 2014, however, the judge postponed the decision for an additional ten days. On 25 February 2015, the Supreme Court granted the injunction, and declared the Civil Code of the State to be unconstitutional and discriminatory, and contrary to international treaties Mexico has signed. A lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state on 18 April 2015.
- Two more amparos were granted in Toluca in late October 2017. One of the two couples married in December 2017, making them the first male couple to marry in the state.
- By December 2017, six same-sex couples had been granted injunctions to marry.
In January 2013, the Family Code of the state of Sinaloa was changed to limit marriage or cohabitation to couples consisting of a man and a woman. Three injunctions were filed to contest the changes, but two were dismissed. On 2 September 2014, Deputy Sandra Lara launched an initiative to amend articles 40 and 165 of the Family Code and allow for same-sex marriage in the state. On 7 October 2014, the first reading of the proposal occurred. On 5 November 2014, the Social Encounter Party (PES) introduced an initiative into the Sinaloan Congress to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children. In February 2015, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) introduced a civil union bill which would have banned children of same-sex partners from residing with their same-sex parents.
On 14 April 2016, a prominent member of Sinaloa's Congress stated that the Congress would modify the Family Code to legalize same-sex marriage, but did not give any indication of when that would happen. On 24 May 2016, the president of the Political Coordination Board of Sinaloa's State Congress announced that the bill allowing for same-sex marriage to be legal would be voted upon in the upcoming days, though no vote happened. In July 2017, PAN and the New Alliance Party of Sinaloa announced their support for same-sex marriages. According to a September 2017 poll, 57% of Sinaloans supported same-sex marriage. The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats in Sinaloa.
On 25 November 2016, the Mexican Supreme Court issued its fifth resolution against Sinaloa's same-sex marriage ban. The Court declared the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, void and inoperable. According to local LGBT activists however, state authorities have been deliberately delaying the legalization of same-sex marriage. On 15 May 2018, following approximately 17 months of delay, the Supreme Court ordered the state to legalize same-sex marriage or face unspecified consequences. The Court ordered the state Congress to modify Article 44 of the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage within 90 days. However, that deadline also passed without the state legalizing same-sex marriage.
The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats in Sinaloa. However, on 19 June 2019, Congress rejected proposed same-sex marriage legislation by 20 to 18, including six legislators from MORENA voting against. The party has begun proceedings to expel the six members. Another vote on the bill is planned for early 2020, amid the possibility that legislators will be jailed should they refuse to comply with the court's orders.
- On 12 July 2013, Seventh District Judge Teddy Abraham Torres López, of Los Mochis, granted an injunction, ruling that the Congress of the state must comply with its obligations of equality and non-discrimination. The case was elevated to the Supreme Court, which on 15 April 2015 ruled against the state's Family Code citing discrimination.
- On 24 September 2014, the Supreme Court granted 3 injunctions sought in Culiacán and declared Articles 40 and 165 of the Civil Code unconstitutional.
- In mid-October 2014, 70 people from Mazatlán applied for an injunction in the Ninth District Court.
- On 23 November 2014, it was announced that for the first time, the Supreme Court had extended concubinage to same-sex couples in response to an injunction requested by a lesbian couple.
- In March 2016, the First Chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court declared Articles 40 and 165 of the Family Code unconstitutional when it ruled against the state in two appeals Congress had filed against earlier verdicts in favor of several same-sex couples. The Supreme Court warned the state that if they did not modify the law then the Court would take measures similar to Jalisco's if it approved enough injunctions to create jurisprudence.
- An amparo was granted to a male same-sex couple from El Fuerte in January 2017.
Same-sex couples could marry only with the assistance of an amparo (court order) until 11 May 2016, when the Director of the State Civil Registry, Martha Julissa Bojórquez Castillo, announced that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state without the need for an amparo. However, on 18 May 2016, the Governor ordered all civil registries in the state to retain the existing statutory ban on same-sex marriage and only provide same-sex couples with marriage certificates if they successfully receive an amparo.
In September 2017, all political parties in the state agreed to begin analyzing a proposed same-sex marriage bill. The bill's main sponsor said he was hopeful it would be accepted.
The July 2018 elections resulted in pro-same-sex marriage parties winning a majority of legislative seats in Sonora.
After Mexico City's Legislative Assembly legalized same-sex marriages and LGBT adoption in December 2009, debate resurged in states where civil unions had been previously proposed. In 2009, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, 20 same-sex couples sent a motion to the state Congress, asking it to allow them to marry. The state's largest political parties, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), announced their support for same-sex marriage in 2010. Despite the support of political parties, there was no legislative will to change the law, so in April 2014 an initiative to reform Article 154 of the Civil Code of the State of Tabasco and legalize same-sex marriage was presented by the organization Tabasco Unites for Diversity and Sexual Health (Spanish: Tabasqueños Unidos por la Diversidad y la Salud Sexual; Tudyssex). PRD submitted its own same-sex marriage and adoption bill on 3 July 2015. On 18 May 2016, a member of the State Congress announced that there was consensus in Congress to approve the bill submitted by the PRD, but no bill has been passed as of May 2019.
The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, a pro-same-sex marriage party, winning the majority of legislative seats and the governorship.
- On 18 February 2015, a local newspaper announced that the first same-sex marriage had occurred on 13 February after a legal appeal to the Supreme Court.
- By May 2017, ten same-sex couples had married in Tabasco.
In 2011, a bill to provide "coexistence" for same-sex couples was promoted by local organizations in Tamaulipas. In 2012, organizers presented legislators with 25,000 signatures in favor of same-sex marriage. In 2013, the PRD agreed to bring the issue to the Congress of Tamaulipas and support the proposal. In June 2015, Deputy Olga Sosa Ruiz confirmed that the Congress of Tamaulipas was working on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. She stated that the reform is complex as they are attempting to remove all discriminatory terms and are working with the Gender Equality Commission. She predicted that the law would be passed within the next legislative session, though no bill has passed as of May 2019.
In September 2018, the Supreme Court began proceedings against Tamaulipas' same-sex marriage ban. On 16 November 2018, the Court issued its fifth resolution against Tamaulipas, declaring the state's marriage ban unconstitutional and ordering the state to modify it within 180 business days.
Tamaulipas is one of four states without same-sex marriage where pro-same-sex marriage parties do not have a majority of legislative seats in 2019.
- On 26 June 2014, 57 people filed a collective amparo challenging the constitutionality of the Civil Code of Tamaulipas. They were granted the right to marry on 1 October 2014 by federal judges in both the Third District Court based in Nuevo Laredo and the Ninth District Court based in Tampico. The state filed an appeal. This was the first time that an injunction had been sought for individuals rather than just couples. Should any of the single parties wish to marry, their partners will be covered. On 22 February 2017, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the definition of marriage in the Civil Code of Tamaulipas is unconstitutional, thereby granting the injunction.
- An additional 68 people had requested another collective injunction from Tampico and had their amparo approved on 26 March 2015.
- On 23 May 2016, another amparo was granted to two women who successfully challenged the Civil Registry's refusal to allow them to legally marry.
- In November 2016, a federal judge granted another amparo to a same-sex couple. The judge also declared Article 43 of the Regulatory Law of the Civil Registry, as well as Article 124 of the Civil Code of the State of Tamaulipas, to be unconstitutional, stating that it is obligatory that the terms of those two provisions be altered to allow for legal same-sex marriages.
- In January 2017, a federal judge ordered the deputies of the State Congress to legalize same-sex marriage or be fined for 100 days.
- The first same-sex marriage in Altamira was performed in December 2017.
- The first same-sex marriage in Ciudad Madero took place in February 2018.
- By November 2018, 19 same-sex couples had married in Tamaulipas.
On 29 December 2016, the Congress of Tlaxcala approved a coexistence bill. The bill established civil unions, under the name sociedad de convivencia solidaria, which provides cohabiting same-sex and opposite-sex couples with many of the same rights and obligations of marriage. It was published in the official journal, following the Governor's signature, on 11 January 2017 and took effect the following day.
On 13 October 2017, the New Alliance Party introduced a same-sex marriage bill to the State Congress. The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA and the Labor Party, pro-same-sex marriage parties, winning the majority of legislative seats in Tlaxcala.
In March 2014, Deputy Cuauhtémoc Pola presented an initiative to introduce a partnership law for Veracruz, but no legislative action occurred. In July 2014, a federal judge deemed the current marriage law of Veracruz to be discriminatory. Due to lack of action on the civil union bill, Cuauhtémoc Pola introduced to Congress on 31 July 2014 an initiative to amend Article 75 of the Civil Code and legalize same-sex marriage. In September 2014, Pola confirmed that the bill was still awaiting review by committees. In April 2015, citing disappointment with the stalled bill, the President of Veracruz's Human Rights Committee announced his intention to hand Congress a new bill to legalize same-sex marriage. In July 2016, Deputy Mónica Robles Barajas (PVEM) submitted another initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. Most of these proposals have seen very little legislative progress, due to opposition from PAN.
On 20 February 2017, Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes issued an executive order legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Four days later, following protests from Catholic groups, Governor Yunes repealed the order. Following the repeal of the order, LGBT activists announced they were filing a case to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. On 20 July 2017, the case against the Governor and the state's same-sex marriage ban was filed before the Fourth District Court. On 7 November 2017, the Court issued its ruling in the case, declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Some LGBT groups had suggested that the ruling effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in the state, though state officials announced that they would continue to enforce the state's marriage ban.
In September 2016, the head of Veracruz's adoption agency announced that same-sex couples may adopt children jointly in the state. In April 2017, the Civil Registry of Xalapa announced its support for same-sex marriage.
In July 2018, as one of their last actions before leaving office, PAN submitted a proposal to Congress to explicitly ban same-sex marriage in the state Constitution. It failed to pass, with 32 deputies in favor, 10 against and 2 absentions. It needed 33 votes to pass, thus failing by one vote. The July 2018 elections resulted in MORENA, PRD and the Labor Party, pro-same-sex marriage parties, winning the majority of legislative seats and the governorship.
- In February 2014, a male same-sex couple applied for a marriage license at the Civil Registry in Heroica Veracruz. After being denied, they filed for an injunction, which was granted 22 July 2014. Despite the approval, the registrar refused to schedule a ceremony for the couple. After presenting their injunction to the registrar in Boca del Río, the wedding was scheduled for 6 December 2014. The ceremony was conducted at the Civil Registry, and it was announced that a second wedding for a lesbian couple was planned.
- On 29 January 2015, it was announced that a lesbian couple had won an injunction and would be married in the state on 4 April 2015. It was also announced that there were 8 other pending amparos.
- On 18 June 2015, the civil registrar of the municipality of Veracruz reported that four same-sex couples had requested to marry and were denied due to prohibitions on same-sex marriage. The couples were advised to file an amparo. On 16 May 2016, a local LGBT group, Comunidad Jarochos, announced that the four same-sex couples had filed an amparo.
- On 26 May 2016, the injunctions of three more same-sex couples (two lesbian couples and one gay couple) were granted, taking the number of granted injunctions in the state to seven.
- 18 same-sex marriages had been performed in Veracruz by August 2017.
In the southeastern state of Yucatán, the local Congress overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in a 24–1 vote on 21 July 2009. The law raised heterosexual marriage and families to the constitutional level. The bill was promoted by right-wing organization Pro Yucatán Network to reject all efforts by people of the same sex to form a family and adopt children. PAN politicians justified the ban alleging that "there still aren't adequate conditions within Yucatán society to allow for unions between people of the same sex". The event led to protests outside the local Congress by LGBT organizations, whose leaders were expected to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
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On 17 May 2014, a group of civil society organizations brought a legal action before the Constitutional Court of the State of Yucatán under the guise of "correcting a legislative omission." It was the first time a mechanism to correct an omission had been used in Mexico as the basis of a suit. The organizations claimed 10 injunctions had been approved in the state without legislative action. The suit asked for Articles 49 and 94 of the Family Code which limit marriage to one man and one woman to be "considered in the broadest sense and that the gender of its members be undefined." On 26 February 2015, the court announced that it would decide on 2 March whether the state ban on same-sex marriage was in violation of the Constitution and international agreements. On 2 March 2015, the Yucatán court dismissed the appeal for constitutional action to change the Civil Code. Supporters of amending the code vowed to appeal the decision. In June 2015, they filed a lawsuit against the Yucatán court in federal court. The suit argued that the Yucatán court's decision was flawed as the Mexican Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. After postponing a hearing five times, the Mexican Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit on 31 May 2017.
On 24 May 2016, a prominent member of the state Congress stated that Yucatán would wait for the Congress of the Union to legislate on same-sex marriage before taking the necessary steps to legalize it. In September 2017, the Yucatán Congress unanimously approved a PRD-proposed bill to begin discussion on issues that had previously been neglected and not discussed, including same-sex marriage. On 15 August 2018, Governor Rolando Zapata Bello introduced bills to amend the state Constitution and Family Code in order to legalize same-sex marriage. On 10 April 2019, the state Congress rejected an amendment to repeal the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, in a 9–15 vote. In response to the failure to pass legislation, the 17th Pride Parade in Mérida saw the unprecedented participation of around 8,000 people. A second attempt at legalizing same-sex marriage failed on 15 July 2019, with 15 votes against and 9 votes in favor.
Yucatán is one of four states without same-sex marriage where pro-same-sex marriage parties do not have a majority of legislative seats in 2019.
- On 26 March 2013, a male same-sex couple asked the Civil Registry of Yucatán to marry. The Civil Registry rejected the bid saying that the State Constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The couple appealed the decision of the Civil Registry and on 1 July the Third District Court recognized that they had the right to marry. Since the Civil Registry did not appeal the decision, the amparo took effect.
- Four male couples and two lesbian couples went to a civil registry office on 14 August 2013 to request to be married and were denied. They applied for individual injunctions and 3 of them were approved on 4 and 15 November and 17 December 2013 by the courts in the First, Fourth and Third District, respectively. Both of the lesbian couples and one male couple were approved. On 6 January 2014, the first lesbian marriage in Yucatán took place. The second lesbian couple married on 25 January 2014. On 18 February 2014, the male couple wed at the Civil Registry of Mérida.
- In June 2015, a lesbian couple, who married in Yucatán in 2014 via amparo, obtained an injunction to register the birth of their son with both his mothers' names. They had attempted to register the birth six months earlier and were denied.
- From January 2017 to March 2017, 15 same-sex couples married in Yucatán, compared to 16 couples who married in all of 2016.
In 2015, 556,018 marriages were celebrated in Mexico. Of these, 1,749 (0.3%) were between same-sex partners, a 153% increase from 2010. 82% of same-sex marriages in Mexico were performed in Mexico City.
In a Parametría poll, conducted from 17 to 20 November 2006, 1,200 Mexican adults were asked if they would support a constitutional amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico. 17% responded yes, 61% said no and 14% had no opinion. The same poll showed 28% in support of same-sex civil unions, 41% were opposed and 28% had no opinion. From 27 to 30 November 2009, major Mexican newspaper El Universal polled 1,000 Mexico City citizens concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage in the city. 50% supported it, 38% were against it and 12% had no idea. The same poll showed that support was stronger among the youngest population (age: 18–29), 67%, and weaker among the oldest (age: 50-onwards), 38%. With 48%, the most cited reason was "right of choice" for the supporters, followed by "everybody is equal" with 14%. 39% of the opposers cited "it is not normal" as the main reason to not support same-sex marriage, followed by "we lose values" with 18%.
Guillermo Bustamante Manilla, a PAN member and president of the National Union of Parents of Families (Spanish: Unión Nacional de Padres de Familia), as well as the father of Guillermo Bustamante Artasánchez, a law director of the Secretary of the Interior, opposes abortion and same-sex civil unions and has described the latter as "anti-natural." He has publicly asked voters not to cast votes for "abortionists" parties and those who are in favor of homosexual relationships.
A study conducted by Vanderbilt University in 2010 concluded that 37.8% of Mexicans supported same-sex marriage.
A poll conducted in July 2013 found a significant increase in support for same-sex marriage, with 52% of Mexicans in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. When broken down by religion, support was 52% among Roman Catholics and 62% among non-religious people. However, in the same poll, only 24% of respondents supported same-sex adoption.
In early 2014, the Strategic Communication Cabinet, a statistical consulting services company, published a report called "Social Intolerance In Mexico", in which polls that covered several social issues were conducted in the 45 largest cities and municipalities. The study found that the strongest support for same-sex marriages was registered in Mexico City, Tijuana, San Luis Potosí, Colima and La Paz; whereas it was the weakest in Durango, Ciudad Victoria, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and Monterrey. Additionally, adoption by same-sex couples was more widely accepted in Mexico City, the border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, as well as Xalapa and Cancún; meanwhile the least support was found in Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Durango and Campeche.
Following President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico in May 2016, a poll on the issue was carried out by Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica. 69% of respondents were in favor of the change. 64% said they saw it as an advance in the recognition of human rights. Public opinion changed radically over the course of 16 years. In 2000, 62% felt that same-sex marriage should not be allowed under any circumstances. In 2016, only 25% felt that way. In addition, a BGC-Excélsior survey conducted the same month found similar numbers: 65% of Mexicans expressed support for same-sex marriage. However, a poll conducted by Parametría that same month found completely opposite figures. According to the polling firm, 59% of Mexicans opposed same-sex marriage.
The 2017 AmericasBarometer showed that 51% of Mexicans supported same-sex marriage.
A 2017 survey by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) found that opposition to same-sex marriage was most marked in southern Mexico, namely the states of Chiapas (58.7%), Tabasco (56.5%), Campeche (56.1%), Veracruz (54.3%) and Guerrero (54.0%). It was lowest in the central and northwestern parts of the country, with Mexico City (28.6%), Baja California (30.7%), Sonora (31.4%), Querétaro (32.4%) and México (33.8%) being the five states/districts with the least opposition. Overall, 42.6% men and 38.5% women in Mexico opposed same-sex marriage.
- Known in Campeche as sociedad civil de convivencia, in Coahuila as pacto civil de solidaridad, in Colima as enlace conyugal, in Jalisco as libre convivencia, and in Tlaxcala as sociedad de convivencia solidaria.
- In Spanish: Esta protegerá la organización y el desarrollo de la familia.
In Nahuatl: Inin kin manauis nejchikolis uan iueixka iuikaluan.
In Yucatec Maya: Le je’ela’ yaan u kanáantik u nu’ukbesajil yéetel u jóok’ol táanil le láak’tsililo’.
In Mixtec: Ndihi ñivi iyo cha cuiti cha cua cachi ñi cha cua savaha cha vaha chi ñi chi iqui cuñu ñi, ta cha vaha iyo chi cha cua cuu chi.
In Zapotec: Ne laaca laani nga gusiroobani, ne gutagulisaani xquenda biaani binni ti guibani ca jneza.
In Tzeltal: Ja’ inito yame skolta te mach’a stsobo sbaik sok ta sp’oleselbel te alnich’ane.
In Tzotzil: Ja’ ta sk’elbe k’u sba smelolal stsob sbaik xchi’uk slekubtasel smuk’ubtasel uts’ alal.
In Otomi: Nuna mädi ra mutsi ne ra te nuya mengu.
In Totonac: Ja'é namakgtakgalha ixtalakaxlan xawa ixlitatlanit litalakgapasni.
In Mazatec: Jè kjoa̱téxoma si̱ikonda̱ ní nga mi ki mé katama la̱ koni 'sín nga si̱íxájtín ko̱ nga ma katamiìjin ra jngo ni'ya xi̱ta̱.
In Chʼol: Iliyi mi ikäntyañ bajche’ mi ichumtyäl lakpi’älob cha’añ mi ip’äty-esañ wembä ichumtyäl tyi lakmajchil.
In Huastec: Ax neets kin k’aniy in yanel jant’in ti neets ti puwel in yanel.
In Mixe: A ëda ley je'e nëwa'an guwa'anaamp jadu'un ja tu' jëën tu' tëjkpë ajxy oy jyak'yeegët.
In Mazahua: Nu tjuru̷ nu nge k’o ra pjoru̷ ja ra mimiji, ja ra b’u̷ntjoji ñe ja ra nok’u̷ texe in dyojui.
In Purépecha: I kwách’akwati tánkurhikwani ka kw’íripikwa sïrukwichiri.
- Rulings of the Mexican Supreme Court officially take effect on the day they are published in the Official Journal (Diario Oficial de la Federación). Despite this, in several of the relevant states, the state Civil Registry and many local municipalities chose to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples prior to this date. In Chiapas, the first same-sex marriage occurred on 30 October 2017, and in Nuevo León on 11 March 2019, for instance.
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