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  1. BrazilBoysBlog 30 Dec 2009, 2:52pm

    Well, GOOD FOR YOU MEXICO! Hoping to attract extra gay tourist dollars? You DESERVE them! My home country of Brasil is steadily moving in that direction and it’s a great thing. They should be rewarded and praised for this..

  2. Interesting. Don’t you have to be a resident of the city in order to get married?

  3. Simon Murphy 30 Dec 2009, 6:13pm

    1 minor point (unrelated to the topic in question).

    Mexico is not in South America. Geographically it is part of North America, and Mexico is generally referred to as being part of Central America.

  4. Sorry to be dense here, but how does this work? If gay marriage is possible in Mexico City, why isn’t it everywhere else in Mexico? And if it’s a contract that isn’t recognised elsewhere, eg the UK or USA, why would you want to go there to get married?

  5. Rehan, Mexico is a federal republic (a bit like the US where same-sex marriage is legal in Washington DC or Massachusetts but not in all US States). The marriage would be recognised by those countries (or US states) that recognise same-sex marriage. (in the UK it would be considered a C.P.)

    Currently many Americans get married in Canada, for instance, which has no residency requirements and their marriages are recognised in those states that recognise same-sex marriages. For New Yorkers it’s the only option. They can’t get married in NY state, but same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere are recognised once they come back home.

    I’m guessing this article is trying to tell us that Mexico City does not have residency requirements for marriages but they don’t actually say it, and considering they seem to think Mexico is in South America, I would double check elsewhere before planning a Mexican wedding.

  6. By the way, the idea of celebrating what is generally referred to as a “destination wedding” is not a bad idea for UK couples that don’t believe in Civil Partnerships.

    My partner and I are planning to wed in Canada. In the UK our marriage will be recognised as a CP for all legal purposes but:

    1) we’d know we’re married
    2) marriage exports better to countries that may not recognise civil partnerships
    3) I see it as a political statement, giving money to a country that supports marriage equality taking it away from the UK’s civil partnership system.
    4) if and when the UK passes marriage equality, you’ll already be married :)

    I hope more couples out there, who don’t like civil partnerships, will consider doing the same.

  7. Robert, ex pat Brit 30 Dec 2009, 8:30pm

    I already did it Valerio. I’m an ex-pat Brit living in New York and married in Connecticut during the summer. The ironic thing is, hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into the five other states as a result of these weddings while New York State where i live is losing a huge amount of revenue that it really can’t afford to lose.

    I think its a disgrace that my legal marriage would only be regarded as a civil partnership in my home country. I hold a “certificate of marriage”. Nowhere does it state that its a civil partnership, the two are entirely different unions. At least I can take comfort in the knowledge that here in New York state where I live, my marriage performed in Connecticut is legally recognised in New York. So there’s absolutely NO reason why it should not be recognised as such in the country of my birth. This has NOTHING to do with semantics either. I’m most definitely not in a civil partnership and personally, I find it highly offensive that my own government refuses to acknowledge that fact. The only reason I can think of as to why its so obstinate is that if it recognised mine and other British same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, it would then put it in an extremely difficult and embarassing situation by forcing its hand to allow same sex couples to marry in their own country. Similarly, straight couples in the UK should also have the right to opt out of marriage and form a civil partnership, I see no reason why they shouldn’t if the government, be it labour or tory truly believes in full equality, which neither do.

  8. Robert, ex pat Brit 30 Dec 2009, 8:31pm

    What I meant to have said in my last post is that my marriage performed in Connecticut is legally recognised in New York state as a marriage, not a civil union or a partnership.

  9. Thanks Valerio – but doesn’t that mean a couple from Tabasco (or, say, Alabama) who get married in Mexico City still won’t have their marriage recognised when they get home?

  10. That’s right Rehan – if same-sex marriage is not recognised in your jurisdiction, getting married somewhere else won’t change a thing. However, some people like the idea of getting married in spite of whatever recognition their relationship will have in their home country/state so I think having the possibility to get married somewhere else is a nice option for those who can’t where they live.

    The Netherlands, for instance, allows same-sex as well as opposite-sex marriage but will only let you get married if you are resident there (or have Dutch citizenship) so that’s no use to someone who lives somewhere else and can’t get married in their home country.

    In time, as same-sex marriage becomes legal in new areas, people who live in such areas and have already got married somewhere else can simply register their marriage which will have, by that time, become valid.

  11. I think despite recognition in the US of said marriages, I still can easily see this is turning into perhaps one of the largest tourist booms Mexico is gonna see in this day and age, and like other here I say “good on ya!” In my view honestly, deep down one of the key parts of marriage is to show your ultimate commitment to someone and to always be there. so despite the US most likely not recognizing these marriages, at least the couples will be able to enjoy the fact that they were at least legal wed and able to have that same feeling of fulfillment that their straight counterparts get to enjoy.

    I usually am someone who tends to be sort of cynical towards capitalizing on certain things, but honestly in this case… it would be like if you lived in a city that had say.. no coffee shops, then your neighboring city just happened to open a rather large coffee shop. If they are gonna do then heck, why not! not many other places seem really interested in offering said service.

  12. Well Dan, I suppose if you were unable to take that coffee back home with you, if it miraculously turned back into caffeine-free water as soon as you left the neighbouring city, you might think twice about the effort and expense involved – ?!

    At least they’re honest in Mexico City about their greed for foreign money, I suppose; and after all, it’s not now uncommon for wedding guests to have to shell out hundreds of pounds to take part in people’s ‘fantasy’ weddings. But I do hope Mexico City’s own gays without access to the all-important dollars are going to see an improvement in the way they’re treated too, and not just the moneyed foreigners.

  13. I am a gringo living in the yucatan, I want to marry my mexican partner who is from the yucatan, we want to get married and tried to have it in canada but couldn’t get a visa to enter Canada, really crazy thinks he will not return to his country anyway we are looking now at Mexico city but read that it is only for mexicans that live in the city, can anyone let me know as we want to marry

  14. Francisco 2 Nov 2011, 2:11pm

    I’ve found that many foreigners had chosen Mexico City for their same sex wedding, but many think that it’s very ‘Vegas style’, the process can take up to 40 days, and there’s a few paperwork to consider. Still it’s smooth if you know your ways around in the city and you come down prepared. Doesn’t matter if your not mexican or both of you are not mexican.
    If anyone reading this article thinks I can be of any help down here, please feel free to contact me.

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