Mexico's Supreme Court on Tuesday
unanimously struck down a law in the state of Jalisco that prohibited
gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
The high court's ruling makes Jalisco
only the seventh municipality where gay couples can wed, joining the
states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Quintana Roo, Nayarit and Guerrero and
the federal district of Mexico City.
Last year, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled
it unconstitutional for states to exclude gay couples from marriage.
But unlike the United States, such
orders do not immediately affect all of Mexico's 31 states. Instead,
the order set a precedence all lower courts must follow, making it
possible for such couples to marry in all states provided they sue
Jalisco is home to the nation's
second-largest city, Guadalajara, whose metro area includes more than
4 million citizens.