Mexico City became the first Latin American city to pass legislation granting marriage equality rights to lesbian and gay citizens. In an historic vote, the capital’s local assembly voted 39 to 20 to recognize same-sex marriage. The legislation also allows gay couples to adopt. Mexico City’s mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, is expected to sign the bill.
According to the Associated Press, “[o]nly seven countries allow gay marriages: Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium. U.S. states that permit same-sex marriage are Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire.”