A protest in Madrid in support of Mexico City's gay marriage law.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Gay Couples May Adopt Children In Mexico City, Supreme Court Says

August 17, 2010 By Staff

A protest in Madrid in support of Mexico City's gay marriage law.

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Mexico’s Supreme Court upheld on Monday a law allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in the country’s capital.

The contested provision was contained within a law legalizing gay marriage in Mexico City that passed in December. Mexico’s federal government challenged the constitutionality of allowing same-sex couples to adopt children, arguing that Mexico’s Constitution specified a family as consisting of a male and female parents, and saying that gay adoption would infringe on the rights of children, according to Spanish daily El País.

The federal government’s arguments were rejected by a 9-2 vote, which came two weeks after the Court voted by a similarly wide margin to uphold Mexico City’s gay marriage law.

While gay marriages and adoptions by gay couples have only been legalized in Mexico City, the Court’s ruling means that all of the country’s 31 states must recognize the marriages and adoptions enacted under Mexico city law.

The Court’s ruling is sure to spark controversy, as the rest of Mexico does not necessarily share the capital’s open attitudes toward sexuality. The Catholic church, in particular, has loudly opposed both gay marriage and adoption by gay couples.

“I don’t know if any of you would like it if you were adopted by a pair of lesbians or a pair of faggots (maricones). I think not,” the cardinal of Guadalajara Juan Sandoval Íñiguez told reporters on Sunday, according to El País.

The Supreme Court Justices unanimously passed a motion criticizing Sandoval Íñiguez’s comments and called upon the country to avoid discrimination.

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