Same-sex marriage is officially legal in all 32 states in Mexico after lawmakers in Tamaulipas voted in favor of the measure. Tamaulipas is the last state to vote to legalize after the Mexican Supreme Court voted in 2015 that laws blocking same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.
“Today is a historic day for the LGBTQ community and for Mexico,” LGBTQ+ activist Enrique Torre Molina told Reuters. “Today we and our families are more visible, more equal, and we are a country with more justice.”
Tamaulipas was the final holdout after the Mexican state of Guerrero approved a similar piece of legislation the day before. The Tamaulipas voted to amend the Civil Code with a vote of 23 in favor, 12 against, and 2 abstaining.
“The whole country shines with a huge rainbow,” tweeted the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Arturo Zaldívar. “Long live the dignity and rights of all people. Love is love.”
Mexico now joins a growing list of countries around the world and Latin America fully embracing the love of same-sex couples and honoring their relationships and love.
In September, Cuba, in a surprising move, voted to legalize same-sex marriage on the island, proving that love is love. And since 2016, six countries in Latin America (Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, and now Mexico) have come forward and given full marriage rights to LGBTQ+ people.
Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in over 30 countries around the world, with Argentina being the first country in Latin America to recognize same-sex marriage on July 22, 2010.