Gay Marriage in Mexico

In Mexico, only civil marriages are recognized by the law, and all its proceedings fall under state legislation. Same-sex marriage is performed without restriction in Mexico City and in the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nayarit and Quintana Roo, but explicitly banned in the state of Yucatán.[2]Same-sex marriage will soon be fully legal in Jalisco. In addition, courts in all states must approve marriage licenses for same-sex couples when petitioned to do so; so far, individual cases of same-sex marriage have occurred in all states but Hidalgo, and Zacatecas. Same-sex civil unions are legally performed in Mexico City and in the states of Coahuila, Colima, Jalisco, Campeche and Michoacán. Since August 2010, same-sex marriages performed within Mexico are recognized by the 31 states without exception, and fundamental spousal rights (such as alimony payments, inheritance rights, and the coverage of spouses by the federal social security system) also apply to same-sex couples across the country.

In a Parametría poll, conducted from 17 to 20 November 2006, 1,200 Mexican adults were asked if they would support a constitutional amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico. 17% responded yes, 61% said no and 14% had no opinion. The same poll showed 28% in support of same-sex civil unions, 41% were opposed and 28% had no opinion. From 27 to 30 November 2009, major Mexican newspaper El Universal polled 1,000 Mexico City citizens concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage in the city. 50% supported it, 38% were against it and 12% had no idea. The same poll showed that support was stronger among the youngest population (age: 18–29), 67%, and weaker among the oldest (age: 50-onwards), 38%. With 48% the most cited reason was “right of choice” for the supporters, followed by “everybody is equal” with 14%. 39% of the opposers cited “it is not normal” as the main reason to not support same-sex marriage, followed by “we lose values” with 18%.Guillermo Bustamante Manilla, a PAN member and president of UNPF, as well as the father of Guillermo Bustamante Artasánchez, a law director of the Secretary of the Interior, opposes abortion and same-sex civil unions[387] and has called the latter as “anti-natural.” He has publicly asked voters not to cast votes for “abortionists” parties and those who are in favor of homosexual relationships.

A study conducted by Vanderbilt University in 2010 concluded that 37.8% of Mexicans support same-sex marriage.

A poll conducted in July 2013 found a significant increase in support for same-sex marriage, with 52% of Mexicans in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. When broken down by religion, support was 52% among Roman Catholics and 62% among non-religious people. However, in the same poll, only 24% of respondents supported same-sex adoption.

According to Pew Research Center survey, conducted between October 30 and November 12, 2013, 49% of Mexicans supported same-sex marriage, 43% were opposed.

In early 2014 the Strategic Communication Cabinet, a statistical consulting services company, published a report called “Social Intolerance In Mexico”, in which polls that covered several social issues were conducted in the 45 largest cities and municipalities. The study found that the strongest support for same-sex marriages was registered in Mexico City, Tijuana, San Luis Potosí,Colima and La Paz; whereas it was the weakest in Durango, Ciudad Victoria, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and Monterrey. Additionally, adoption by same-sex couples was more widely accepted in Mexico City, the border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, as well as Xalapa and Cancun; meanwhile the least support was found in Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Durango andCampeche.

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