The Congress of Jalisco approved reforms to the law to allow same-sex marriage, in addition to recognizing the identity of transgender people and sanctioning conversion therapies.
The Congress of the Mexican state of Jalisco approved this Thursday’s reforms to its Civil Code to allow equal marriage, in addition to recognizing the identity of transgender people and sanctioning the so-called ” conversion therapies “.
With the approved reforms, Jalisco became the twenty-seventh state in Mexico that grants conjugal legal ties to same-sex marriages.
The changes, applied in articles 258, 260, and 267 of the aforementioned code, define marriage as the union of two people freely and in a community with respect, mutual help, and equal rights and obligations. The new wording was approved with 26 votes in favor, 10 against and 1 abstention, Expansión highlighted.
In 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation declared unconstitutional articles 258, 260, and 267 Bis of the Civil Code of Jalisco, which defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman, for which it had ordered to modify its wording, he recalled.
The Jalisco Congress also approved recognizing the right of gender identity to transsexuals and updated the Civil Registry Law to empower registry officials to draw up a new birth certificate, prior annotation in the original birth certificate, to all people adults who request it.
Previously, lawmakers validated a ban on so-called “conversion therapies,” which promise to “correct” people’s sexual identity.
“In Congress, we had the opportunity to hear some testimonies from people who had been deprived of their liberty, taken by force to places similar to what are known as annexes, and who lasted a period of time in which they intended to take action, with medicines, to cure homosexuality”, denounced Enrique Velázquez, deputy of the local party HAGAMOS.
The Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, celebrated the decision of the state Congress and congratulated the activists and social fighters behind this achievement.
During the session in Congress, various groups from the LGBT+ community demonstrated inside and outside the legislative building to demand changes in the law, which were postponed on several occasions by the previous legislature.
The congress of the state of Veracruz (eastern Mexico) will soon analyze similar changes to its legislation.