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Mexico Attempting to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Destination & Tourism | Mexico Tourism Board | Donald Wood | May 20, 2016

Mexico Attempting to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) travelers, visiting Mexico is likely to get friendlier as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed the legalization of same-sex marriage, pending approval from Congress.

According to Mexico News Daily, President Nieto made his proposal Wednesday for the constitutional and civil code changes on the International Day Against Homophobia. The president’s proposal is designed to eliminate official discrimination against same-sex couples.

President Nieto’s proposal would allow anyone willing and consenting “to marry without being discriminated for ethnic, national, disability, social condition, religion, gender, or sexual orientation,” according to Mexico News Daily.

The federal government will also be tasked with reviewing, modifying and even abolishing regulations that are discriminatory, using the guidance of the Center for Research in Teaching and Economics and the Law Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

President Nieto also announced that his administration will create national campaigns against homophobia and educational plans promote respect towards diversity. In addition, officials will work to prevent discrimination at all levels of the health care system.

Mexico will add an LGBT group to its team at the United Nations as well.

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