From Salon: (emphasis added)
In a unanimous ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Mexico has paved the way for same-sex couples to marry in every one of the country’s 31 states before the U.S. has federal marriage equality.
Gay marriage has been legal in the Federal District, Mexico City, since 2010, and the Supreme Court had previously ruled that those marriages must be recognized nationwide. Wednesday’s ruling struck down a law in the southern state of Oaxaca that denied same-sex couples the right to marry there. …
This comes before the U.S. Supreme Court has even decided whether it will hear a gay marriage case.
About that last statement, there’s still a chance that SCOTUS will decide to hear cases related to Prop 8 and/or DOMA, but so far they’ve not made the list, and time is running out.
John Aravosis has a piece about this, Gay marriage victory in Mexican Supreme Court, Uruguay set to legalize as well: (emphasis added)
I’m still blown away that in traditionally Catholic countries, and Latin countries to boot, marriage equality is proceeding ahead of the US. Simply amazing. Oh, and a friend tells me that Uruguay is on the way towards legalization gay marriage legislatively. It should pass the Chamber of Deputies on December 11 by a healthy margin, then go to the Senate early next year and do even better.
Gay marriage is now legal in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, south Africa, Spain, Sweden and Mexico (marriages can only be performed in Mexico City, but they’re recognized nationwide, and yesterday’s decision could lead to nationwide marriage rights soon).
Amazing. Never thought I’d see it in my lifetime.
Add Belgium to that list.
Meanwhile in the U.S., Washington state has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couple. From Think Progress, Zach Ford writes: (emphasis added)
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) certified the state’s election results Wednesday afternoon, and this morning (December 6) at 12:01, same-sex couples began legally obtaining marriage licenses. Washington does have a three-day waiting period, however, so the first weddings cannot take place until Sunday. Many couples were on-hand at the King County (Seattle) and Thurston County (Olympia) auditors’ offices at the stroke of midnight to be among the first to get their licenses.
One of those couples was JP Persall and Diana Wickman, who have been together for 10 years. They both served 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where they managed to meet and fell in love in spite of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The couple who received the very first marriage license, though, was Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Peterson, 85, who have been together over 35 years. They met on a blind date in 1977 and believed they would die before they could legally wed.
It would be very cool if Jane and Pete-e’s marriage would be recognized by the U.S. federal government, too. Like it already is, it’s worth repeating, in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Mexico (recognized nationwide).