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  1. Joseph Healy 22 Dec 2009, 1:08pm

    I welcome this development as a real sign of hope and enlightenment in Latin America, a continent where progressive thinking continues to increase. I hope that this is the first of many cities in Latin America to do so and it puts the position of many European cities to shame. Hast la victoria sempra!

    Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Vauxhall and International Officer Green Party LGBTIQ Group

  2. Brian Burton 22 Dec 2009, 1:13pm

    Well done Speedy Gonzalez!

  3. Congratulations Mexico City! Here in Australia we are still in the Dark Ages! Enjoy your celebrations!

  4. that’s not true Brenton, ever known Italy? That’s the real third world

  5. Robert, ex pat Brit 22 Dec 2009, 2:40pm

    Well done, Mexico City which is also a state. Meanwhile, what do we have in London? A big fat zero, nowhere on the radar, what a disgrace. Goes to show the number of cowards we have in both parties, not worth their salt.

  6. Amazing result. Congrats to Mexico City! This really shows up more supposedly advanced and enlightened places of the world.

    Also after the passage of a marriage bill in DC a week ago, it looks like we may soon have marriage equality in all three North American capitals. Incredible.

  7. Congratulations Mexico City – I pray that the rest of the world takes note and follows suit

  8. Robert, ex pat Brit 22 Dec 2009, 4:56pm

    moamaom…and NOT ONE in the UK, not even allegedly progressive London!

  9. mexico is in north america…fact checker please!

  10. It’s great news, but I’m more amazed by the writer’s ignorance: Mexico is a North American country!.

  11. Congratulations Mexico, and now, Argentina and Uruguay. Mexico is a Latin American country too.

  12. Excuse me, but Mexico should be considered as a Central American country (hence as part of Latin America) and not a North American country. Culturally, Mexico doesn’t share the language, religion, and history (among many things) with Canada and the USA.

    Anyways, congrats to Mexico City, I never though this would happen, seeing how deep-rooted the catholic faith is involved in the mexican society.

  13. jonnielondon 22 Dec 2009, 8:56pm

    Perdóname, LOLA, pero Mexico is a North American country and part of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). It is neither a South American nor a Central American country.

  14. Brian Burton 22 Dec 2009, 9:04pm

    Is Mexico good for the dish Toad-in-the-Hole?

  15. Jean-Paul Bentham 22 Dec 2009, 10:27pm

    “Mexico’s Catholic archdiocese has stated that legalising gay marriage is immoral and will destroy families.”

    When the catholic church came out with the same nonsense here in Canada. we promptly told the RCC, complete with elaborate details, that families are perfectly capable of destroying themselves without gay interference. Fvck you and your morality, and please, don’t take that the wrong way, your hemminence.

    Yea Mexico! Portugal is next in January!!

  16. “Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America.”

    Mexico City is not in South America my friends. :/

  17. Mexico City is a federal district (officially called Distrito Federal; also called México, DF), much like Washington, DC is, and is not a state.

    Secondly, it may seem confusing, but Mexico is in both North America and Latin America (and definitely NOT in South America), depending on which definition you use (they overlap):

    Latin America comprises the countries south of the United States (particularly the ones that were former Spanish or Portuguese colonies). This would include Mexico and continue south to South America.

    In a purely geographic sense, North America is from Canada to Panama. Central America is a subregion of North America and includes everything south of Mexico, to Panama.

    In some geopolitical contexts, North America consists of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico (such as in the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA]). In other geopolitical contexts (such as when contrasting Spanish/Portuguese-speaking Latin America from majority English-speaking U.S. and Canada [as well as French-speaking Québec]), ‘North America’ refers to just Canada and the U.S.

  18. Mihai Bucur 23 Dec 2009, 7:08am

    There is a somewhat racist tendency among the Anglo-American press to stereotype Mexico as “backward” and “steeped in Catholic tradition”. Even after legalizing same-sex marriage, Anglo-American liberal media have expressed their surprise as this “controversial” decision and have been quick to mention the “widespread opposition” to the move, as if such a move was somehow anomalous for Mexico.

    I don’t think this is fair to Mexico City. Despite its Catholic heritage, Latin America has a strong progressive-leftist tradition and is making very rapid progress in this area. The legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City is not an anomaly and should not come as a shock; instead, it is a quite predictable consequence of the previous progress towards gay rights made in the city (including granting civil unions in 2006). Same-sex marriage in Mexico City is supported by 50% of the population (with 38% opposed), and support is even higher among young people. This level of support exceeds that in supposedly “liberal” California (which never seems to be characterized as being “steeped in religious tradition”).

  19. Jean-Paul Bentham 23 Dec 2009, 8:07am

    Thank you, Mihai.

    And here’s the coverage from the Box Turtle:

    Mexico City gets marriage equality

    Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:49 PM PST

    Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in all three national capitals on the continent. Close on the heels of the vote in Washington, DC, legislators in Mexico City have voted to enact marriage equality. (AP)

    Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give homosexual couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.

    The bill passed the capital’s local assembly 39-20 to the cheers of supporters who yelled: “Yes, we could! Yes, we could!”

    Leftist Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party is widely expected to sign the measure into law.

    Although Mexico City already recognized Civil Unions, this legislation will have a material effect on the lives of same-sex couples.

    The change would allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.


  20. Brian Burton 23 Dec 2009, 1:03pm

    Hey Speedy Gonzalez, you want me to tickle your oochee-coochee?

  21. Robert, ex pat Brit 23 Dec 2009, 5:43pm

    Mihai, well said! Backward thinking Maine, California and New York have nothing to brag about, the latter having a case on itself by claiming its the greatest city in the world! Since when? The arrogance of such a claim is truly amazing. Well done, Mexico City, you even put London to shame.

  22. Susan Berstain 24 Dec 2009, 7:27am

    Mihai: Just like Romania, nu e asa?

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