With 68 votes to 11, on January 10 2017 the Mexican parliament finally approved the right for civil unions between couples in the LGBT community.
Although in Mexico equal matrimony rights already existed in some states like Campeche, Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chihuahua, Sonora and Mexico City, the proposal launched by Peña Nieto last year in order to legalise homosexual matrimony in all Mexico was rejected by various political parties.
"These civil partnerships do not affect the rights of third parties, neither do they infringe upon the wellbeing of children."
Beginning her speech with the affirmation "those who have always lived with liberty and simple rights can find it difficult to understand inequality", the member of parliament from the PRD, Lol Kin Castañeda, presented this initiative in front of the Constituent Assembly so that civil matrimony would be officially recognised in articulo 16, paragraph H, of the Constitution of Mexico City.
"We are not creating a right"
This is not to say that they have created a new right, it's better put that the liberty of all to unite in matrimony to another person, regardless of their sexual preference has been affirmed. Thanks to this, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transexuals, transgendered, transvestites and inter-sexual can officially enjoy the extension of this right with total liberty in Mexico City.
"In Mexico City, without a doubt, we live in a society that has learned to recognise and accept our differences and appreciate them on equal footing."
At the end of the day it's about promoting equality and tolerance regardless of ones origin, religion, gender or sexual preference.