Mexico Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality

Today, the Supreme Court of Mexico issued a unanimous ruling overturning a ban on same-sex marriage in the southern state of Oaxaca. The full decision has not been released yet, but advocates claim it “opens the door to equal marriage in the whole country.” The process is not immediate, as the Mexican Supreme Court does not have the same power to strike down laws like the U.S. Supreme Court does. Marriage equality was already legal in Mexico City, and the Court had previously ruled that marriages performed there must be recognized elsewhere in the country.┬áBecause the decision cited a ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, it could have an impact on surrounding countries via the international judicial system.