Friday, December 30, 2011

Mexico: Quintana Roo’s Resorts Offer Same-Sex Ceremonies 

As I pointed out on my post about this news over three weeks ago, only the State Congress can amend the State Constitution, but since this Caribbean State is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the wold for its archeological treasures & beach cities like Cancun & Cozumel, they’ve realized that our money is as green as anyone else’s. Gay Business is Good Business. 
Hispanically Speaking News reports:


Cancun and other resort areas on the Mexican Caribbean will have a new attraction for gay and lesbian couples from the United States, Canada and Europe, allowing them to legalize their unions thanks to a quirk in the local civil code, activist Patricia Novelo told Efe.
“This market niche … is very attractive for European, Canadian and American (homosexual) couples,” said the spokesperson for Colectivo Diversidad.
Novelo said that in January the first same-sex group wedding will be held in the resort area as part of local support for the human rights of the gay community.
She said that already several couples have expressed their wish to formalize their unions at the ceremony.
Eight couples have been confirmed to marry in January, most of them Mexican, but she said that more are expected and preparations are being handled by the groups Colectivo Diversidad, Fusion G, Gaytoursmexico and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
The activist said that before the unions of same-sex couples in Quintana Roo state were legally recognized, a great demand from travel agencies for such marriages in Cancun and other resorts already existed from abroad.
Therefore, she said, agreements have begun to be struck with different airlines and hotel chains to hold these marriages all along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
Novelo said that this “is something very positive. Besides the social part there are many economic benefits because the gay community generates between 45 and 60 percent more income on top of conventional tourism.”
She said gay and lesbian marriages are possible in Quintana Roo, “thanks to a legal gap in the Civil Code,” which only makes mention of “people interested in getting married,” without specifying their gender.
In Mexico, same-sex marriages have been expressly authorized in Mexico City, where through Dec. 15 1,246 such unions had been legally finalized, many involving citizens of other countries.

Mexico: Quintana Roo’s Resorts Offer Same-Sex Ceremonies 

As I pointed out on my post about this news over three weeks ago, only the State Congress can amend the State Constitution, but since this Caribbean State is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the wold for its archeological treasures & beach cities like Cancun & Cozumel, they’ve realized that our money is as green as anyone else’s. Gay Business is Good Business. 

Hispanically Speaking News reports:

Cancun and other resort areas on the Mexican Caribbean will have a new attraction for gay and lesbian couples from the United States, Canada and Europe, allowing them to legalize their unions thanks to a quirk in the local civil code, activist Patricia Novelo told Efe.

“This market niche … is very attractive for European, Canadian and American (homosexual) couples,” said the spokesperson for Colectivo Diversidad.

Novelo said that in January the first same-sex group wedding will be held in the resort area as part of local support for the human rights of the gay community.

She said that already several couples have expressed their wish to formalize their unions at the ceremony.

Eight couples have been confirmed to marry in January, most of them Mexican, but she said that more are expected and preparations are being handled by the groups Colectivo Diversidad, Fusion G, Gaytoursmexico and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

The activist said that before the unions of same-sex couples in Quintana Roo state were legally recognized, a great demand from travel agencies for such marriages in Cancun and other resorts already existed from abroad.

Therefore, she said, agreements have begun to be struck with different airlines and hotel chains to hold these marriages all along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Novelo said that this “is something very positive. Besides the social part there are many economic benefits because the gay community generates between 45 and 60 percent more income on top of conventional tourism.”

She said gay and lesbian marriages are possible in Quintana Roo, “thanks to a legal gap in the Civil Code,” which only makes mention of “people interested in getting married,” without specifying their gender.

In Mexico, same-sex marriages have been expressly authorized in Mexico City, where through Dec. 15 1,246 such unions had been legally finalized, many involving citizens of other countries.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
 
Mexico: Gay Marriage Is Legal In Caribbean State Of Quintana Roo
CNN Mexico reports:

[Translation]
After holding the first two marriages between same-sex couples, the mayor of Lazaro Cardenas, Trinidad Argüelles García, defended the legality of them and said only the State Congress can determine whether are carried out modifications to the Civil Code to ban such unions .Two gay couples, one male and one female, tried to celebrate their marriage in different municipalities of Quintana Roo, realizing that the Civil Code states that two people can marry without limiting it to a man and a woman.However, they met with refusal of officials in several municipalities, who came to say that marriage was only possible between people of different sexes and that was “implicit in the law.”But couples married in Kantunilkin achieved, head of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas. The day after making the announcement of the marriage, mayor, member of the conservative National Action Party explained why she allowed the links.The official National Action Party, which opposes the legalization of marriages between same sex, but the mayor explained that if she had refused, she would have committed a crime."It shall be the responsibility of Congress to work on the subject, whether or not to seek to amend the law to prohibit such marriages," he told media Friday."It opened all through my town and did not have to close them or say no to these people, if they met the requirements established by law. We do not focus on one Political Party, but rather on what’s legal, and we did the right thing, we can’t ignore the law, regardless of whether my party is conservative. What I have to wait is the definition of Congress, ” she said.The Civil Code of Quintana Roo states of Articles 682 to 695 that two people can marry to certain conditions and limits it to any section that is between a man and a woman, as in other legislationThis is the legal basis by which two couples were able to marry in the city of Lazaro Cardenas.Furthermore, if a civil registry official denies the process, will be fined and even removal from office or may be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison for discrimination.Maria Rosalia Camaal Balam, registrar, explained that when requests were analyzed, they found no legal impediment to the marriage recognition of Sergio Novelo Patricia Monk with their respective partners."I knew that this was going to make history, but also that it could lead me some impact, such as being fired from my job, but as a lawyer came to the conclusion that this was attached to the law and would not be me who prevented, ” she said."The Civil Registry Official that unreasonably delays a marriage, shall be punished, for the first time, a fine whose amount is the amount of two days of minimum wage, and in case of recurrence, with the removal of office, “says Civil Code’s Article 695 of the State.

 

Mexico: Gay Marriage Is Legal In Caribbean State Of Quintana Roo

CNN Mexico reports:

[Translation]

After holding the first two marriages between same-sex couples, the mayor of Lazaro Cardenas, Trinidad Argüelles García, defended the legality of them and said only the State Congress can determine whether are carried out modifications to the Civil Code to ban such unions .

Two gay couples, one male and one female, tried to celebrate their marriage in different municipalities of Quintana Roo, realizing that the Civil Code states that two people can marry without limiting it to a man and a woman.

However, they met with refusal of officials in several municipalities, who came to say that marriage was only possible between people of different sexes and that was “implicit in the law.”

But couples married in Kantunilkin achieved, head of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas. The day after making the announcement of the marriage, mayor, member of the conservative National Action Party explained why she allowed the links.

The official National Action Party, which opposes the legalization of marriages between same sex, but the mayor explained that if she had refused, she would have committed a crime.

"It shall be the responsibility of Congress to work on the subject, whether or not to seek to amend the law to prohibit such marriages," he told media Friday.

"It opened all through my town and did not have to close them or say no to these people, if they met the requirements established by law. We do not focus on one Political Party, but rather on what’s legal, and we did the right thing, we can’t ignore the law, regardless of whether my party is conservative. What I have to wait is the definition of Congress, ” she said.

The Civil Code of Quintana Roo states of Articles 682 to 695 that two people can marry to certain conditions and limits it to any section that is between a man and a woman, as in other legislation

This is the legal basis by which two couples were able to marry in the city of Lazaro Cardenas.

Furthermore, if a civil registry official denies the process, will be fined and even removal from office or may be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison for discrimination.

Maria Rosalia Camaal Balam, registrar, explained that when requests were analyzed, they found no legal impediment to the marriage recognition of Sergio Novelo Patricia Monk with their respective partners.

"I knew that this was going to make history, but also that it could lead me some impact, such as being fired from my job, but as a lawyer came to the conclusion that this was attached to the law and would not be me who prevented, ” she said.

"The Civil Registry Official that unreasonably delays a marriage, shall be punished, for the first time, a fine whose amount is the amount of two days of minimum wage, and in case of recurrence, with the removal of office, “says Civil Code’s Article 695 of the State.