89.6 F
Friday, October 15, 2021

Marriage equality in Yucatán: reform approved unanimously and goes to committee

Latest headlines

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...

Massimo Bottura’s community dinner is fighting hunger in Refettorio Mérida

Refettorio is a cultural project designed to offer dining experiences through the transformation of surplus ingredients into nutritious and beautiful dishes.

In Europe, Mexican Indigenous organizations denounce the Mayan Train

Indigenous groups from across Mexico, including Yucatán and Quintana Roo, sailed to Europe in what they describe as an invasion of conscience.

A private paradise at your Yucatán country estate

A private country estate is all yours in Yucatán. Contact Eric Partney at Mexico International. Ideal for those...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Marriage equality will be voted on again for the third time in Yucatan’s legislature.

The Supreme Court of Justice annulled the secret vote held in the Yucatan Congress and ordered that the procedure be repeated. The reform initiative was approved unanimously and now goes before a committee vote.

The reform initiative was approved in a session of the Constitutional and Governance Committee. Photo: Courtesy

If the committee approves the initiative, in Yucatán, the term marriage or cohabitation “between man and woman” will disappear and will start to be “between persons.”

Since 2015, the National Supreme Court of Justice declared that laws and regulations that prevent same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Yet almost a third of the states are reluctant to reform their laws.

More than 20 of the 32 states have adapted their legislation, most recently Sinaloa and Baja California in June.

Legislator Milagros Romero Bastarrachea requested the vote be in the open. 

Protesters in previous hearings, from both sides of the spectrum. Photo: Courtesy

Article 19, the Colectivo de Protección de Todas las Familias de Yucatán, Indignación, Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos and the Unidad de Atención Sicológica, Sexológica y Educativa had filed amparos on the grounds that “the rights of transparency and participation” had been violated. Congress held a secret ballot in 2019, when the right was again denied.

Civic organizations and human rights collectives also called for the approval of proposals from Juan L. González Alcántara Carrancá and Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena. 

Flag in Monumento a la Bandera earlier this year, in the pride march. Photo: Courtesy

These organizations argue that the proposals favor transparency and the democratic values of the Yucatecan citizenry.

According to the Colectivo por la Protección de Todas las Familias en Yucatán, a favorable decision by the court could also nullify the 2019 legislative process, forcing the Yucatán Congress to vote openly on the ruling.

Read more: Allies join the fight for marriage equality in Yucatán

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Yucatán’s bars and cantinas forge a new lobbying association

The group, which is now known as Asociación de Cantineros, is already made up of over 120 members but is yet to elect its first president. 

Progreso to host the America’s largest shipyard

Yucatán's Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal in Trieste Italy with the executive board of the Italian company Fincantieri. Photo: Courtesy

The Dresden Codex, the great Maya book of the stars

The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book believed to be the oldest surviving book written in the Americas, dating to the 11th or 12th century.

How photographer Mike Diaz captures Yucatán’s unique environment

As Mike grew up, he dove back into nature, researching the environment, wildlife, and space. He understood the process he had to follow in order to achieve the photos he dreamed of.

Live music is back at Yucatán’s restaurants and bars

e measure was put in place over a year and a half ago along with a series of other restrictions to help against the spread of COVID-19.

Monument to the Montejo ‘covered in blood’ once again

A group of protesters staged a demonstration in front of the monument to the Montejo, vandalizing it and chanting anti-colonialistic slogans.

Camino del Mayab connects visitors with Yucatán’s remote communities

Photo: Camino del Mayab The Camino del Mayab, a network of trails that begins in Dzoyaxché, spreads out...

Parque De La Alemán — The bustling heart of one of Mérida’s original neighborhoods

The park, which measures about a full city block, features a roller skating rink, a children's playground, a large esplanade with a musical fountain, green areas, and a stage where artistic and cultural events are frequently held.

Yucatán cancels Xmatkuil fair and Hanal Pixán altars at Plaza Grande

The news comes as a disappointment for many who thought that a return to yellow on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system would mean more of a return to normal for public events. 

New sterilization campaign in Progreso cracks down on stray animals

The number of stray dogs and cats on the streets and beaches of Progreso has become a public health hazard, admits Mayor Julián Zacarías Curi.