Mexico supports same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers in the border state of Tamaulipas voted Wednesday night to legalize same-sex marriages, becoming the last of Mexico’s 32 states to support marriage equality.
It took 13 years to enact marriage equality across the country.
In the roll call, 23 votes supported the amendment to the state’s Civil Code, 12 opposed, and two abstained.
The session took place as groups for and against the measure chanted and shouted from the balcony, and legislators eventually moved to another room to finish their debate and vote, according to news reports.
— Arturo Zaldívar (@ArturoZaldivarL) October 27, 2022
The president of Mexico’s Supreme Court celebrated the change in the final state’s laws to extend federal marriage rights and protections to same-sex couples.
“The whole country shines with a huge rainbow. Long live the dignity and rights of all people. Love is love,” Arturo Zaldívar tweeted.
Similar legislation allowed all couples in Guerrero to wed Tuesday.
Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that state laws prohibiting non-heterosexual marriages were unconstitutional. However, some states have taken years to follow the ruling.
The recently ratified marriage equality laws in several states, including Sonora and Sinaloa, represented a long-awaited sign of progress in this country, which has long been known for its gender-based violence.
Mexico’s first locale to approve marriage equality was the capital, Mexico City, in 2009.