Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 18:12
View the story "Mexico Supreme rules gay marriage ban in Oaxaca unconstitutional" on Storify] Mexico Supreme rules gay marriage ban in Oaxaca unconstitutional The Mexican Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage in the southern state of Oaxaca on Wednesday.
Storified by George Mattingly · Thu, Dec 06 2012 15:14:12
Mexico's highest court made a landmark ruling when it ruled a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in the southern state of Oaxaca on Wednesday.
In a unanimous decision, the court ruled struck down a Oaxaca law that states that "one purpose of marriage is the perpetuation of species." The court said in their ruling that the law to keep marriage between one man and one woman "violates the principle of equality".
Although the decision does not eliminate bans on gay marriage in other Mexican states, it could set a legal precedent for states to challenge other statewide bans on same-sex marriage. Several people in the U.S. took to social media to show their support for the ruling.
Mexico's supreme court made it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage? #MuyBuenoNicole™
Way to go Mexico as the courts stand up & do the right thing by striking down gay marriage bans! #LGBT Quite a victory for sure!Stephanie Michelle
However a majority of users were quick to criticize the U.S. for being "behind" in legalizing gay marriage.
Good lord, Mexico beat us in striking down gay marriage bans?! Don't mind us American gays, we'll wait. #LeadersOfTheFreeWorldMyAssMG
Mexican supreme court strikes down law banning gay marriage. Are really less advanced than Mexico? #marriageequalityMark Roberts
This map displays how the U.S. compares to other countries around the world in legalizing gay marriage. In the Western world, the United States is one of the few countries where gay marriage is prohibited.
In November, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states in the U.S. to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. They join the list of six other states that have enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage including New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont—and the District of Columbia.
In other news, Mexico is looking at legalizing gay marriage. So pretty much America is the straight meat in a North American gay sandwich.Ben Ch
gay marriage is legal in mexico. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE US.michael
The court ruled in favor of three same-sex couples who sued the state of Oaxaca for the right to marry.Mexico currently allows gay marriage in Mexico after a Supreme Court ruling in 2010.