Official figures show that 88 gay couples have married in Mexico City since same-sex marriage was legalised last month.

Associated Press reports that 50 male couples and 38 female couples have taken advantage of the city’s new laws, with a further 37 couples waiting to wed in the next two months.

The law came into effect on March 4th.

Although a male gay couple were married in Argentina in January, Mexico City is the first place in Latin America to pass a law explicitly recognising gay marriage.

It was passed in December of last year and gives gay and lesbian couples the same rights to marry, adopt children, secure loans, benefit from their partner’s insurance policies and inherit without paying tax.

Although the law only applies to residents of Mexico City, they are recognised in the rest of the country’s 31 states