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Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal In All Of Mexico’s States

The northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making same-sex marriage legal across all of Mexico's 32 states.
The northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making same-sex marriage legal across all of Mexico’s 32 states.
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A same-sex couples kiss as they marry on the esplanade of the General Directorate of the Civil Registry of Mexico City in June 2022 during a mass LGBTQ wedding. (Photo by Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto)
The first state to legalize same-sex marriage was Mexico city in 2009, and only two other states, Quintana Roo and Coahuila, followed.
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People pose for photos during a LGBTQ Pride parade on June 26, 2021 in Hermosillo, Mexico. (Photo by Luis Gutierrez/ Norte Photo/Getty Images)
It wasn’t until 2015, when Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional that multiple states started to work towards marriage equality.
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A woman poses at the LGBTQ Pride March on Jun 25, 2022 In Mexico City, Mexico. (Luis Barron / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
However, it still took the states several years to amend their laws.
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A member of LGBTQ community takes part during the colorful Pride parade on June 25, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Carlos Tischler / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
12 years later, with 23 votes in favor, 12 against, and one abstention, Tamaulipas’ congress voted on Wednesday Oct. 26 to amend the state’s civil code to recognize same-sex marriage, becoming the last remaining state to do so.
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A couple kisses during a LGBTQ Pride parade on June 26, 2021 in Hermosillo, Mexico. (Photo by Luis Gutierrez/ Norte Photo/Getty Images)
“The whole country shines with a huge rainbow. Long live the dignity and rights of all people. Love is love,” the president of Mexico’s Supreme Court, Arturo Zaldívar, wrote on Twitter.
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People take part in a Pride parade on June 25, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Mariana Gutierrez / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
“Today is a historic day for the LGBTQ community and for Mexico. Today we and our families are more visible, more equal, and we are a country with more justice,” LGBTQ activist Enrique Torre Molina said, according to Reuters.
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A participant chants slogans while holding a rainbow flag during a LGBTQ Pride Parade in the city of Queretaro. (Photo by Cesar Gomez/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
In June, about 100 same-sex couples tied the knot in a mass same-sex wedding in Mexico City as part of its Pride month celebrations.
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A couple attend the LGBTQ Pride March on June 25, 2022 In Mexico City, Mexico. (Luis Barron / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
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Two demonstrators kiss during a LGBTQ Pride march through the main streets in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, June 4, 2022. (Photo by ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Same-sex marriage is still not recognized and even illegal in several states across Latin America including Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, and most countries in Central America and the Caribbean, according to LGBTQ rights tracker Equaldex.
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JUNE 25: Thousands of LGBBTTIQ community members meet at Angel of Independence to take part during the colorful parade as part of the 44th annual pride march. People from all over the world join the celebration of pride and to commemorate the Stonewall riots. On June 25, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo credit should read Carlos Tischler / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
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