Same-sex marriage in Quintana Roo

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Same-sex marriages are performed and recognized in all municipalities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.[1] The first two same-sex marriages occurred in Kantunilkin in Lázaro Cárdenas Municipality on 28 November 2011 after it was discovered the state's Civil Code does not specify sex or gender requirements for marriage. However, future same-sex marriages were suspended in January 2012 upon review by Quintana Roo's Secretary of State.[2] The two same-sex marriages in the state were annulled by the Governor of Quintana Roo in April 2012, but these annulments were reversed by the Secretary of State in May. The Secretary of State's decision also allowed for future same-sex marriages to be performed in Quintana Roo.[3]


State recognition of same-sex relationships in Mexico.
  Marriage at the state level
  Marriage by amparo only
  Civil unions; marriage by amparo only

The Civil Code of Quintana Roo does not define gender requirements for marriage, specifying only "people interested in getting married".[4] A same-sex couple, Patricia Novelo and Areli Castro, 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 Kantunilkín on 28 November 2011.[5]

Cancún and other resort areas in Quintana Roo planned to hold a same-sex group wedding in January 2012.[6] Newspaper Reforma reported that upcoming ceremonies were suspended following an order by Quintana Roo Secretary of State Luis González Flores[7] to review the legality of the ceremonies.[8] In April 2012, both marriages were annulled by Roberto Borge Angulo, the Governor of Quintana Roo.[7] In May 2012, the Secretary of State reversed the annulments.[9] The next month, both marriages became legal because there was no estoppel in due time.[10] It was also announced that same-sex marriages are legal in all the municipalities of Quintana Roo.[10] However, in 2013, a lesbian couple were denied the right to marry and forced to obtain an injunction in Tulum. The Court concluded discriminatory acts had occurred and ordered the state to prevent further discrimination against homosexuals, requiring all Civil Registry offices in Quintana Roo to have marriage license applications for same-sex couples.[11]

In September 2014, the Bacalar City Council approved changes in the procedures for the Civil Registry to equalize procedures for all marriages.[12] Officials in Playa del Carmen announced that same-sex couples were allowed to marry in the municipality, as of the last week of September, 2014.[13] The municipality of Othón P. Blanco announced that the first same-sex marriage would occur in their municipality on 26 November 2014.[14] As of mid-December, 2014, officials announced that there had been 7 same-sex marriages in Quintana Roo.[15] The first same-sex couple to be married in Playa del Carmen were wed on 27 December 2014.[16]

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.[17] In May 2017, a new same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the state Congress.[18]

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  1. ^ Vázquez, Jesús (18 July 2012). "Bodas gay generan interés en el sector turismo de Quintana Roo". El Economista (in Spanish). El Economista S.A. de C.V. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Same-sex marriages put on hold in Cancun resort areas". San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Varillas, Adriana (3 May 2012). "Revocan anulación de bodas gay en QRoo". El Universal (in Spanish). El Universal Compañia Periodística Nacional S.A. de C.V. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ EFE (29 December 2011). "Cancun Plans to Pass Gay Marriage Bill to Attract Tourists". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Brisa Muñoz (30 November 2011). "Sin hacer una reforma legal, Quintana Roo realiza sus primeras bodas gay" (in Spanish). CNN México. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Brisa Muñoz (2 December 2011). "Dos matrimonios homosexuales se casaron en un municipio conservador" (in Spanish). CNN México. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Santana, Rosa (17 April 2012). "Anula gobernador de Quintana Roo dos bodas gay; lo acusan de homofóbico". Proceso (in Spanish). Comunicación e Información, S.A. de C.V. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gay Marriage In Cancun, Mexico Suspended". On Top Magazine. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Sánchez, Manuel (4 May 2012). "Legalizan los matrimonios gay" (in Spanish). Diario Respuesta. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Varillas, Adriana (5 June 2012). "Matrimonio gay celebra su unión en QRoo". El Universal (in Spanish). El Universal Compañia Periodística Nacional S.A. de C.V. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "In English - First gay marriage is celebrated in Tulum". El Universal. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  12. ^ "Bacalar modifica Reglamento del Registro Civil para bodas gay | UN1ÓN | Cancún". 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  13. ^ Grupo SIPSE. "Dan luz verde a bodas gay en Playa del Carmen". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  14. ^ Nombre (requerido) (2014-11-23). "Alistan primera boda gay en Chetumal". Noticaribe. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  15. ^ Grupo SIPSE. "Quintana Roo se abre paso en realización de bodas rosas". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  16. ^ Grupo SIPSE. "Se registra el primer matrimonio gay en Solidaridad". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  17. ^ (in Spanish) Ingresan al Congreso uniones gay
  18. ^ (in Spanish) Quintana Roo garantiza derechos de comunidad LGBTI