Mexico City has become the first Latin American city to legalise same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed a bill in a vote of 39 to 20.
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party is expected to sign the bill into law within the week.
The bill calls for a change to the definition of marriage in the city’s civil code, from being “a union of a man and a woman” to “the free uniting of two people”. The change would allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together and be included in their spouse’s insurance policies.
In spite of increasing acceptance for GLBTI citizens in the city, the move has caused led to contention in the predominantly Roman-Catholic country and the leader of the city’s conservative Nation Action Party, Felipe Calderon has vowed to oppose any gay marriage law in court.
This would add Mexico to the limited list of countries which allow same-sex marriage, which includes: Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as a number of American states where it has been legalized, including: Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Conneticut and New Hampshire.

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