The Supreme Court of Mexico made public this week its decision that gay marriage is a constitutionally protected right.
The decision came as a response to a judgment rendered by a lower court in the state of Oaxaca, which – citing the definition contained in its Civil Code – had declared the institution of marriage as one between a man and a woman.
In establishing the right of gay couples to marry under Mexico’s constitution, the Supreme Court cited several international cases, including two landmark American equality cases: Loving v. Virgina, which rendered bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional, and Brown v. Board of Education, which declared racial segregation in schools unconstitutional.
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Two young Italian girls, both dressed as bride advocating for same-sex marriage at the 2010 Gay Pride in Rome