Monday, August 15, 2011

Brody's Notes... Mexico City's Same-Sex Marriages Now Number Over 1K Since Legalisation

Mexican Same-Sex couple celebrates getting married.
Photo via Gay News Mexico 
By Brody Levesque | MEXICO CITY, DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO -- In a statement released by the Oficina del Registro Civil (Civil Registry) for the Mexican capital city, 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since the city's lawmakers legalised same-sex marriage on 21 December 2009.
Mexico City's Mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, signed the bill into law, which then became effective March 4th last year. The legislation changed the definition of marriage in the city's Civil Code from "a free union between a man and a woman" to "a free union between two people." The measure also granted same-sex couples the same legal rights enjoyed by heteronormal couples, including being able to adopt children.
The statement also notes that about 6 percent of those getting married in same-sex weddings in Mexico City are foreigners, which according to the measure's supporters during the debate over its passage, would generate an influx to the city by same-sex couples from other nations.
According the published statistics, the first 1,000 weddings involved 548 gay couples and 452 lesbian pairs. About 85 percent of the marriages were between partners age 31 and older. Overall the average age for marriages in the country is 28 for men and 25 for women.