Mexico’s President Proposes Legalizing Gay Marriage Nationwide

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday proposed that same-sex marriage be legalized in Mexico.

Mr Peña Nieto announced his proposal at a Tuesday event marking the International Day Against Homophobia, telling LGBTI groups he had signed initiatives that would seek to add same-sex marriage provisions to Mexico’s constitution and the national civil code.

“I reiterated the commitment of the [Mexican government] to combat all forms of discrimination, including the motivated by sexual preferences #SinHomofobia,” he tweeted.

In June 2015, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

He said he would seek to reform Article 4 of the constitution to clearly reflect the Supreme Court opinion “to recognize as a human right that people can enter into marriage without any kind of discrimination.”

“That is, for marriages to be carried out without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or nationality, of disabilities, of social or health conditions, of religion, of gender or sexual preference,” he added.

The Independent adds:

Mexico legalised same-sex marriage in 2009, and four of the country’s 31 states have followed suit – although Campeche, the latest state to adopt marriage equality laws, has not yet implemented them, the AFP reports.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional in June 2015. That did not bring forth an official legalisation throughout the country, however.

To the contrary, Estefanía Vela, a law scholar at a university in Mexico City, said that because all of the states had not legalised same-sex marriage did not necessarily mean it was illegal.

“Without a doubt, gay marriage is legal everywhere,” Ms Vela told the New York Times last year. “If a same-sex couple comes along and the code says marriage is between a man and a woman and for the purposes of reproduction, the court says, ‘Ignore it, marriage is for two people’.”