MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage across Mexico on Friday following the recent approval of legal reforms in four states, but urged officials to harmonize some state laws did. Legal floor.
As a “remarkable advance” in the rights of the LGBTI+ community, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico considered the recent acceptances by the congresses of Tabasco, the State of Mexico, Guerrero and Tamaulipas of civil code reforms. Allowed the legalization of unions between people of the same sex to be extended throughout Mexico.
In a statement, the agency called for the conclusion of legislative harmonization in some states so that marriages between people of the same sex are reflected in their civil law.
Some local humanitarian organizations such as Amicus, which defends the rights of the LGBTI+ community, also spoke in favor of the Congresses of the states of Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Nuevo León, Chihuahua and Chiapas, to reform civil codes so that they to be in harmony with the law. Case of same-sex marriage approved by state governments.
In this regard, Amicus Executive Director Juan Pablo Delgado told The Associated Press that those five states are at “risk of uncertainty” because since these unions are not set out in the Civil Code, state officials can unilaterally modify the rules. . about that matter.
Delgado acknowledged that the legalization of same-sex marriage is a significant advance for the Mexican LGBTI+ community, but maintained that there is still a “pending debt” regarding the recognition of gender identity, which is permitted in 21 of the 32 states. and on conversion therapies that have been approved in only five states.
The activist indicated that “debt is high” in terms of access to social rights such as education, health and housing.
The northern state of Tamaulipas on Wednesday became the last of Mexico’s 32 states to authorize same-sex marriage, a decision that was considered historic by some humanitarian organizations, confirming that the reform would close more than a decade of struggles for that right. Does.
One of those celebrating the decision was the Supreme Court Justice Minister, Arturo Zaldivar, who announced on Twitter: “The whole country shines with a giant rainbow. Long live the dignity and rights of all people. love is love”.
In 2015, the Supreme Court declared state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but it took years for some states to pass the reforms.