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2018-12-08 09:01:32


Mexico is considering a major change to its same-sex marriage laws

If a Mexican citizen living abroad wants to wed their same-sex partner, Mexican consulates can refuse them. But Mexican Senator José Alejandro Peña Villa has introduced a reform to their Foreign Service Law that would allow consular offices to authorize and issue marriage certificates to couples regardless of their gender.

In his presentation of the initiative on Tuesday, Villa said, “According to the Law of the Mexican Foreign Service and its Regulations, the consular authorities are authorized to act as judges of the Civil Registry and, therefore, have the power to take birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as to issue the certified copy correspondent.”

Related: 14 LGBT couples from the migrant caravan just got married in Mexico

If passed,  thousands of Mexican citizens could marry their same-sex partners abroad, even if their home states don’t currently allow such unions.

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