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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The International Day Against Homophobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQI rights work worldwide. Photo: Courtesy

Members and supporters of Yucatán’s LGBTQI community gathered Monday to observe the international day against homophobia.

Participants at the event held around Mérida’s Monumento a la Patria carried pride flags and demanded that Yucatán stop dragging its feet when it comes to marriage equality.

In 2015 Mexico’s supreme court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent people of the same gender to marry. However, several jurisdictions including Yucatán have refused to ratify the decision.

Despite this ruling, Yucatán’s legislature voted in 2018 during a closed-door secretive session to continue refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

It is technically possible for same-sex couples to marry in Yucatán using a legal recourse known as an amparo, or an order of protection.

Earlier: Activists: Yucatán continues to lag behind on transgender rights

In late March, Mexico’s supreme court upheld its 2015 decision and called on Yucatán to comply with the law.

Because the court did not provide a timeframe, it is unlikely that a new vote in Yucatan’s legislature will take place before June’s upcoming midterm elections. 

LGBTQI groups in Yucatán have called on its supporters to punish at the ballot box candidates who continue to oppose marriage equality. 

However, the consensus view among legal scholars in the country is that marriage equality will not likely become a reality in Yucatán in the near future.

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