Voice for Equality: Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete

The recently-crowned Mexican Miss Universe, Ximena Navarrete, said in a post-pageant interview that, "I have many friends who are homosexual and I adore them. And they are equal folk: There is no reason we should want to set them aside, there is no reason why we shouldn't let them enjoy what they want to enjoy with their partner."

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Mexico City woos same-sex honeymooners

As more governments honor the freedom to marry, officials in Mexico City are hoping to attract a growing part of the tourism market: same-sex honeymoons.

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Mexican law supporting adoption for same-sex couples upheld by Supreme Court

Mexico's Supreme Court voted Monday to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples, drawing jubilant cheers from gay advocacy groups and angry protests from Roman Catholic Church representatives.

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Latin America ahead of U.S. on the freedom to marry

Los Angeles Times editorial board: Countries such as Mexico and Argentina have shown recognition that religion and civil law have different roles to perform in marriage, something absent in the debate in the U.S.

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Costa Rica court blocks referendum on civil unions for same-sex couples

Costa Rica's top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if civil unions for same-sex couples should be allowed in the Central American country.

The Constitutional Court said civil unions for same-sex couples are a legislative issue and not an electoral one.

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All Mexican states must recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in Mexico City

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

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Mexican Supreme Court upholds capital’s freedom to marry law

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a fledgling law honoring the freedom to marry in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued that it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family.

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Chilean senator to introduce freedom to marry bill

Chilean Senator Fulvio Rossi announced Sunday he'll introduce a marriage equality bill shortly, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.

The announcement follows quick on the heels of Latin America's first freedom to marry law taking effect over the weekend in Argentina.

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Buenos Aires couple becomes first to marry under new freedom to marry law

After the approval of a freedom to marry law, Buenos Aires City residents Alejandro Vanelli and Ernesto Larrese got married at a Palermo registry office, officially becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in the City.

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Marriage equality, revisited: Two years after Proposition 8, California sees changing opinions

If a vote similar to Proposition 8 upholding a ban on the freedom to marry were held tomorrow, a majority of Californians say they would cast ballots in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, according to a survey released last week.

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