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Yucatán’s legislature has passed a new bill making same-sex marriage the law of the land.

The new law now defines marriage as being between two people, no longer a man and a woman. 

The vote passed with 20 votes in favor and five against. Attempts to pass a measure to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry previously failed twice, most recently in 2019.

In 2015 Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent people of the same gender from marrying. However, several jurisdictions have refused to ratify the decision.

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“With this vote, we in Yucatán ratify our respect for the Mexican constitution and the liberties which it guarantees,” said Karla Franco, a PRI lawmaker.

Before today’s ruling, it was already technically possible for same-sex couples to marry in Yucatán using a legal recourse known as an amparo, or an order of protection.

With today’s vote, Yucatán becomes the 22nd of 32 states in Mexico to ratify marriage equality.

This time, the measure came before an open vote. Lawmakers who opposed gay marriage were:

  • Mirthea Arjona Marín, PRI
  • Rosa Adriana Díaz Lizama, PAN
  • Manuel Armando Díaz Suárez, PAN
  • Marcos Nicolás Rodríguez Ruz, PRI
  • Victor Merari Sánchez Roca, PAN

The representatives who voted in favor were:

  • Luis María Aguilar Castillo, Nueva Alianza
  • Kathia María Bolio Pinelo, PAN
  • Luis Enrique Borjas Romero, PRI
  • Miguel Edmundo Candila Noh, Morena
  • Martín Enrique Castillo Ruz, PRI
  • Felipe Cervera Hernández, PRI
  • Mario Alejandro Cuevas Mena, PRD
  • Janice Escobedo Salazar, PRI
  • Leticia Gabriela Euán Miss, Morena
  • Katia Franco Blanco, PRI
  • Lila Rosa Frías Castillo, PRI
  • Luis Loeza Pacheco. Morena
  • Silvia López Escoffié, MC
  • Warnel May Escobedo, PRI
  • María Teresa Moisés Escalante, PRI
  • Fatima del Rosario Perera Salazar, Morena
  • Miguel Esteban Rodríguez Baqueiro, PAN
  • Harry Rodríguez Botello Fierro, PVEM
  • Milagros Romero Bastarrachea, MC
  • Paulina Viana Gómez, PAN
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