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Three people murdered after gunmen open fire at LGBT festival in Mexico

Joe Williams December 1, 2015

The killer’s motives remain unclear.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at an LGBT gay festival in Mexico, killing at least three people and wounding five others.

The Reina Gay festival was being held in the in the Southern Mexico resort city of Acapulco, when the unidentified gunmen fired into the crowd.

The victims were all believed to be aged between 23 and 33.

The killer’s motives still remain unclear, however, local media has reported that the violence is probably drug related.

Over 150,000 people have been murdered due to drug-related crime in recent years throughout the country, with Acapulco having the highest rate of any city in Mexico.

Survivors of the attack have been hospitalised and are receiving necessary medical attention.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Supreme Court in Mexico had struck down yet another same-sex marriage ban.

It ruled that state authorities could not “deny benefits to the claimants or set charges related to the regulation of marriage” after two couples in the state of Jalisco were denied the right to marry each other.

Some states have already begun to overturn bans, and marry same-sex couples, but earlier this year a decision was made to end bans a country-wide level in Mexico.

It was in June that a court first ruled that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, effectively legalising it.

The ruling stated: “As the purpose of matrimony is not procreation, there is no justified reason that the matrimonial union be heterosexual, nor that it be stated as between only a man and only a woman.

“Such a statement turns out to be discriminatory in its mere expression.”

In April, a court reached a similar decision, stating that the bans are “totally unjustifiable.”

“For all of those relevant effects, homosexual couples can find themselves in an equivalent situation to heterosexual couples, in such a way that their exclusion from both institutions is totally unjustified.”

More: Americas, Crime, LGBT, Mexico, Mexico, same sex marriage

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