Mexico: Landmark Adoption Ruling for Same-Sex Couples

The landmark ruling on August 16, 2010, by Mexico’s Supreme Court recognizing the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in Mexico City upholds the core principle of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in all aspects of their lives, including family life, Human Rights Watch said today.

Mexico’s high court voted 9-2 to guarantee adoption for these couples. Last week it decided in favor of the right to same-sex marriage and made clear that other states in the country have to recognize the same-sex marriages that take place in Mexico City.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling confirms that the state cannot withhold any legal rights on the grounds of a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Juliana Cano Nieto, researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. “This decision will have resonance for courts throughout the continent for protecting the basic human rights of LGBT people.”

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