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Gay marriage closer to reality in Mexico

December 29, 2009 |  2:34 pm

Mexico City on Tuesday formally put on the books a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, with Mayor Marcelo Ebrard rejecting demands he veto the controversial measure.

The law was published in the official government newspaper, and will go into effect in 45 days. It was passed by a comfortable margin by this sprawling capital's legislature last week.

The conservative National Action Party, which controls the federal government, and the Roman Catholic Church have both condemned the law as an affront to the traditional family. Both wanted to block it.

Using Christmas season celebrations as their platform, senior church officials decried the law as "immoral." "We have seen with impotence, pain and consternation ... [this] blow to the most intimate structure of Mexican families, the institution over which our nation has built its rich history, values and spirituality," Cardinal Norberto Rivera said.

Meanwhile, what is being billed as the first gay marriage in Latin America has taken place. In the extreme southern region of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, gay rights activists Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre tied the knot on Monday after a court in Buenos Aires blocked their attempt at marital bliss. Read more about it here.

-- Tracy Wilkinson in Mexico City

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