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Mexican Supreme Court Nudges Nation Toward Marriage Equality

Mexican Supreme Court Nudges Nation Toward Marriage Equality


The high court of Mexico won't order national marriage equality, but it just told the country's 31 states that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is unconstitutional.

In a non-binding ruling, the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation decided earlier this month that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to wed, the Associated Press reports.

The justices weren't deciding whether to overturn bans in individual states but offering a "jurisprudential thesis" to Mexico's states. The thesis stated that any state law which considers the purpose of marriage to be "procreation, and or defines (marriage) as celebrated between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional."

Judges and courts in individual states can now consider the thesis if a marriage case is tried in their jurisdiction. A handful of Mexico's 31 states have already legalized marriage equality, as well as the nation's capital and largest metropolis, Mexico City,

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