First gay marriages for Mexico City
The first gay couples to marry in Mexico City held their ceremonies yesterday.
A lesbian couple were the first to tie the knot. Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda wore matching white gowns for their ceremony at city hall, attended by Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
Three other couples married after them, while another couple who were due to wed unfortunately missed their flight.
Ms Vazquez, a 45-year-old small-business owner, and Ms Castaneda, a 33-year-old psychologist, told their friends and families that the ink on their thumbs from signing the wedding documents was the “mark of freedom”, Press Association reports.
The city has resisted pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians to scrap the law.
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