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Adoption Legal in Mexico City, But Only One Couple Applies

Adoption Legal in Mexico City, But Only One Couple Applies

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A year after lawmakers in Mexico City granted same-sex couples the right to adopt, just one couple has taken them up on it.

A lesbian couple has been authorized by the Mexican government to adopt, and so far they are the only ones to request permission. Jaime Lopez Vela, a leader of the group Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transsexual and Transgender Agenda, told the Associated Press last year that the first case would be of girl being adopted by the lesbian partner of the child's biological mother.

Polling in the country show a potentially inhospitable atmosphere for the parents with widespread disapproval of gay adoption, according to Latin America News Dispatches. Mexico City is the only place in the country where adoption is allowed, and Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that adoptions there must be respected elsewhere. And the slow process to adopt is, as it is almost everywhere, strewn with red tape.

The number of married couples in Mexico who might qualify to adopt isn't huge, but it's slowly growing. In August, Mexico reached its milestone 1,000th same-sex wedding.

Approximately 85 percent of the couples were age 31 or older, according to the Associated Press. And estimates say 6% of weddings are foreigners coming the country to take advantage of marriage equality.

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Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.
Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.