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The 32 states that make up the nation of Mexico have now all approved same-sex marriage.
Earlier this year the state of Jalisco (which is the state Puerto Vallarta sits in) approved same-sex marriage and banned conversion therapy. In a set of triple sweeping reforms, the Congress of the Mexican state of Jalisco approved reforms to the law early Thursday morning (April 7, 2022) that allows same-sex marriage, recognizes the identity of transgender people and bans conversion therapies. The reform in Jalisco, a state considered conservative, is derived from the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation that in 2015 declared the state civil codes that prevent same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
The state of Tamaulipas was the 32nd and final state to legalize such unions, making it legal nationwide.
Nancy Ruíz Martínez, a deputy with the National Action Party, presented the proposal to the state Congress and said that its approval ended one form of discrimination against gay people. There are no longer first and second-class citizens when it comes to the right to get married, she said.
“All people must enjoy that right,” Ruíz said. “Whenever there is a just cause to fight for, know that you have an unconditional ally in me.”
Tamaulipas is the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage this year after Guerrero, Durango, Jalisco, Yucatán, Veracruz, México state and Tabasco. Several other states, including Guanajuato, Querétaro and Zacatecas, approved marriage equality in 2021.