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 first state to legalize same-sex marriage was Mexico city in 2009, and only two other states, Quintana Roo and Coahuila, followed.
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.
However, it still took the states several years to amend their laws.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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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