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

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

A plea to end Mérida’s days of unchecked growth

A new report titled "the costs of urban expansion in Mexico" has found that Mérida's strategy for growth is alarmingly deficient.

New laws against animal abuse get tougher in Yucatán

People found guilty of severe animal cruelty resulting in death are liable to serve prison terms of up to three years and pay fines, which theoretically could be as high as 1,790,000 pesos (90,000 USD).

Mexico takes new step towards full marijuana legalization

Legal experts say that this new move by the court is designed to spur legislators into action after they failed to reach an agreement before the deadline.

New report paints grim picture for people with disabilities in Yucatán

A new report reveals that in Yucatán 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed.

Yucatán’s LGBTQ+ activists prepare for a new uphill battle

Marriage equality may be the law of the land, but Yucatán’s new highly conservative congress is unlikely to ratify it without a fight.

Under new rules, Mexico greenlights womb surrogacy

According to the ruling, surrogates are not to receive compensation for their services.

Alcohol sales to be banned in Yucatán over election weekend

The “ley seca” or “dry law” will take effect on Saturday and will not be lifted until Monday, following Sunday’s midterm elections.

Pro-marijuana activists protest law by planting cannabis in Mérida park

The garden contains several species of medicinal plants native to the Yucatán, as well as Cannabis.

Lawmaker seeks to end gay conversion therapy in Yucatán

An initiative presented before Yucatán state lawmakers would outlaw conversion therapy that attempts to turn gay people straight. Punishment includes jail time and fines,...

Allies join the fight for marriage equality in Yucatán

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

Sex workers in Mérida score a legal victory

Yucatán court rules that sanctions against sex workers are unconstitutional.

Transparency watchdog: Mexico’s new cell phone registry is unconstitutional

Mexico's National Transparency Institute (INAI) says a new law that requires new cell phone users to register with a national database is clearly unconstitutional. All...

Does Mexico’s new cell phone registration law go too far?

Mexico’s Senate has approved a new law that requires new cell phone users to register with a national database.  The law intends to make it...

Ancient artifacts recovered by police from illegal online vendors

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History recovered eight pre-hispanic artifacts which were being sold online. The artifacts were confiscated by Yucatán state police and...

Sex workers: Mérida curfew is dangerous and unfair

Mobility restrictions designed to curve the spread of COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting people working informally.  The situation is particularly grim for sex workers who are...

Cancún task force targets businesses that block the beach

Authorities in Cancún mounted a task force to remove obstacles that mark off so-called private beaches. Mexico's constitution does not allow for private beaches. The...

Man arrested in Yucatán’s 1st revenge porn case

A man in Mérida was the first person in Yucatán to be arrested after being accused of non-consensual photo sharing, also known as revenge...

Activists: Yucatán continues to lag behind on transgender rights

Yucatán has fallen behind when it comes to legislation affecting transgender individuals, say activists on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which is today. In...

The Yucatán state government publishes new traffic rules for cyclists

A new set of rules outlining the rights and obligations of cyclists in Yucatán has been published online.  According to state authorities, the new rules...

Alleged assault and death threats stun expat community, forcing new restaurant...

The expat community was left mortified and a new restaurant was shut down by authorities after a Canadian business owner was accused of physically...

Small businesses in Mérida report they are being shaken down by...

The leader of one of Mérida's largest merchant collectives says that city government officials have been extorting money from small-business owners.  "What they are doing...

Court sides with 25 tour guides banned from Chichén Itzá

Yucatan’s third district court ruled in favor of 25 tour guides who had been repeatedly denied the ability to enter Chichén Itza for work. The...

Clocks ‘spring ahead’ elsewhere, but not in Mexico until April 4

Don't touch that dial. Daylight Saving Time began in the United States and Canada this morning, but most people in Mexico won't set their clocks...