Two gay couples were allowed to legally
marry in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo near the tourist
destination city of Cancun, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.
On Monday Maria Patricia Novelo Infante
and Areli Castro Garcia de Alba; and Sergio Arturo Monje Cruz and
Manuel Reyes Chale de la Fuente received their official marriage
The two couples argued that the Civil
Code of Quintana Roo does not specify the gender of applicants.
“If it's not prohibited, then it is
allowed and legal,” Novelo said.
“We were more than two months making
requests in different offices of the Civil Registry of Quintana Roo
such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal, and they all denied us
the request,” she added.
A judge in the city of Kantunilkin
agreed to their request.
The judge, who also initially denied
their petition, came around after several days, and said there were
no legal grounds to deny it.
The city-state of Mexico City legalized
gay marriage last year and remains the only municipality in Mexico
where gay couples can legally marry.
Novelo said another 10 couples were
preparing to wed in Quintana Roo.