June has been a very moved month when it comes to the activism of human rights throughout the world and Mexico was not the exception. Friday 12th, June, the Supreme Court of the Nation surprised the whole country declaring that: “Homosexual couples are in the same situation as the heterosexual couples, in such a way that it is totally unjustified its exclusion of marriage”
Given this statement, there were rumors and doubts about the scope of this ruling, that is why we went with the Graduate Francisco Robledo, Lawyer and Activist in favor of the human rights of the collective LGBT in Mexico and director of Marriages LGBT.com legal services firm specializing in advising and marriage procedures in Mexico.
Robledo tells us that this ruling, of the Supreme Court basically declares unconstitutional all those state civil codes that limit the marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Certainly equal marriage –yet- is not fully regulated in the states but with this resolution all legal arguments are demolished with which the state governments had prevented same-sex couples could marry freely in any civil registry office, but this definitely does not mean that there are already changes in the state laws, procedures, regulations and formats actually, as to celebrate such marriages freely.
In this new context, points Robledo, couples must still file an injunction, which is already a fact that will automatically win as it is formulated and appropriate, and then they will be able to ask for the marriage in the court where they are judicially demanding their right. But equally the intervention of a lawyer or firm is required to help them in the process. Therefore, cases will continue to be served individually.
In Francisco Robledo´s opinion, even though couples would still have to consider the path of an injunction in their states or translate to Mexico City, Quintana Roo or Coahuila states to make their procedure personally and without any additional procedures, the road becomes increasingly freer than before, reducing exponentially the time these protections will be resolved.
With this new legal situation, this July 1st The Guerrero State decided to stick to the decision of the Supreme Court and accept equal marriage in all offices of the Civil Registry even when the state laws have not yet changed, to this, the Governor of Guerrero, Rogelio Ortega, said "Loving is a right of all human beings" this is why the change started in all of its formats and they are organizing the First Massive Equality Marriage in a known beach of Acapulco for this July 10th
From the Gay Wedding Institute ® we vote so that this new legal framework facilitates the procedures within the Mexican State to normalize the marriage procedures for all couples and make it a starting point for a more inclusive and just society for all its citizens.
Special Thanks to Francisco Robledo and MatrimoniosLGBT.com