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Nearly 400 Gay Marriages Registered in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY Nearly 400 same-sex couples have wed in the Federal District six months after the law permitting gay marriage went into effect, the government of the Mexican capital said.

A total of 398 marriages have been registered, of which 53 percent were between men and 47 percent between women.

In these six months, 41 foreigners have joined the Mexicans mostly Europeans, followed by South Americans, citizens of other North American countries, and Central Americans.

In the same time frame, there have been four weddings for couples between 71 and 90 years of age.

Most of those who got married are between 30 and 40, followed by those between 21 and 30 years old.

March was the month with the greatest number of matrimonies with 94, followed by April and June with 64 marriages each, while May was third with 60.

The Supreme Court ruled in August on the constitutionality of the unions and their validity in the rest of the country, following a number of appeals by the federal government and several states with conservative governments.

While justices were analyzing the law, 54 marriages were performed, of which 30 were between female couples.

The Supreme Court ruling also established that it is possible for same-sex married couples to adopt children, as established by the Federal District law.

Two out of every three of the newlywed couples opted for conjugal partnership, while the remainder chose the separate ownership of goods.

The law has been slammed by the church hierarchy of the country, which has harshly condemned both same-sex marriages and the possibility that they adopt children. EFE
 

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