Mexico's Supreme Court has effectively legalized so-called same-sex "marriage," ruling it unconstitutional and discriminatory for states to recognize marriage as between a man and a woman.
By completely overriding the consensus of millions of people, the court essentially redefined marriage for themselves, declaring it "unsuitable" to claim marriage is about procreation, saying that it "unjustifiably excludes homosexual couples — who are in similar conditions as heterosexual couples — from marriage."
"Any state law which considers that the purpose of marriage is procreation and/or that defines it as being celebrated between one man and one woman is unconstitutional," reads the declaration.
While Mexican states have not officially been told to redefine marriage in their constitutions, the ruling essentially mandated that district judges must grant injunctions to gay couples denied so-called "marriage rights" in their states.
"Without a doubt, gay marriage is legal everywhere," said Estefanía Vela Barba, an associate law professor at a university in Mexico City. "If a same-sex couple comes along and the code says marriage is between a man and a woman and for the purposes of reproduction, the court says, 'Ignore it, marriage is for two people.'"
Despite the ruling, homosexuals wishing to get "married" will still have hurdles to face, since civil authorities can still bar the couple from completing the process.
"It is up to the couples to appeal to the courts, a process that can cost $1,000 or more and take months," reports the New York Times.
Though homosexualists certainly welcome the ruling, they still feel Mexico has a long way to go in granting "full equality."
"What has to happen is that the state laws have to be reformed so that couples have the same rights and they don't have to spend time and money," said José Luis Caballero, a constitutional scholar from Iberoamerican University in Mexico City. "A couple with resources can get married. A couple without resources can't."
Representing all 83 percent of Mexico's Catholics, Msgr. Eugenio Lira Rugarcía, secretary general of the Mexican bishops' conference, said in an e-mail, "We reiterate our conviction, based on scientific, anthropological, philosophical, social and religious reasons, that the family, cell of society, is founded on the marriage of a man and a woman."