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MEXICO CITY , FIRST CITY IN LATIN AMERICA TO LEGALISE GAY MARRIAGE

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Lawmakers in Mexico City have passed legislation paving the way for the Mexican capital to become the first city in Latin America to legalise gay marriage.
In a vote on Monday the city's government passed a bill changing the definition of marriage from a union of a man and a woman to a union of two people.
The changes will give gay couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.
  • The city's leftist mayor, Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party, was widely expected to sign the measure into law.
  • However, the conservative Nation Action Party of Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, has vowed to challenge the gay marriage law in the courts.
  • Many people in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America remain opposed to gay
  • marriage, and the dominant Roman Catholic Church has announced its opposition.
  • "They have given Mexicans the most bitter Christmas," said Armando Martinez, the president of the College of Catholic Attorneys.
  • "They are permitting adoption [by gay couples] and in one stroke of the pen have erased the term 'mother' and 'father.'"
  • But Victor Romo, a city lawmaker and a member of the mayor's party, called the vote an historic day.
  • "For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans," he said.
Source: The Agencies
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