In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled in favor of three same-sex couples seeking to marry in Oaxaca paving the way for universal marriage rights in the country. Gay rights activists said that today’s ruling “opens the door to equal marriage in the whole country.” From AfterMarriage:
This ruling does not immediately eliminate marriage statutes limiting unions to a man and a woman—the Mexican Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to strike down state laws like that en mass as the United States Supreme Court does. But the lawyer who brought the case, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, said before the ruling that victory would mean the beginning of the end for bans on same-sex marriage.
The court’s ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutionally discriminatory is partly based on a February ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that governments can’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (Karen Atala Riffo y Niñas v. Chile).