Mexican law supporting adoption for same-sex couples upheld by Supreme Court
August 17, 2010
Posted by E. Eduardo Castillo on huffingtonpost.com:
"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.
"The justices voted 9-2 against challenges presented by federal prosecutors and others who had argued the law fails to protect adoptive children against possible ill effects or discrimination, or to guarantee their right to a traditional family.
"'Today, institutionalized homophobia has been buried,' said Jaime Lopez Vela, a leader of the group Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transsexual and Transgender Agenda. 'We are happy, because now we have the same rights and responsibilities of any other married couple.'
"Monday's decision followed earlier Supreme Court rulings that marriages of same-sex couples performed in Mexico City are constitutional and that other Mexican states must respect them.
"Mexico City's groundbreaking freedom to marry law, enacted in March, extends to wedded gay couples the right to adopt children, to jointly apply for bank loans, to inherit wealth and to be covered by their spouses' insurance policies.
... "Justices voting with the majority argued that once marriage equality had been approved, it would be discriminatory to consider those couples less capable of parental duties than heterosexual couples.
"'There is no reliable evidence that sexual orientation determines, by itself' any other type of behavior, said Justice Arturo Saldivar, adding 'the preferences of the parents do not determine (a child's) sexual orientation ... that is a discriminatory argument.'
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