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Mexican legislature rejects bid to recognize same-sex marriage nationwide

November 11, 2016

Mexico’s parliament has blocked a bid by President Enrique Peña Nieto to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriage throughout the country.

Same-sex marriages are already recognized in several Mexican jurisdictions, including Mexico City. But the president’s proposal to make the policy uniform across the country had encountered strong opposition. Even Peña Nieto’s own party, the dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, had declined to back the measure.

In parliament, a committee on constitutional affairs ruled, by a 18- 9 vote, that the proposal violated the constitution by infringing on the right of individual states to set marriage rules.

 
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