MEXICO CITY - The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law in Campeche state banning adoption rights to 'civil companions,' that include gay couples.
In a 9-1 ruling, the top court struck down article 19 of the Campeche Regulatory Act of Civil Societies of Coexistence published on Dec. 27, 2013.
The judges argued the article damages the greater interests of the child and was discriminatory on sexual orientation.
The Campeche law defines the civil society of coexistence as a contract under which two people of different or same sex, of age and full legal capacity can establish a common home with the intention of permanence and mutual aid, to organize their life together.
However, article 19 prohibits its members from adopting together or individually.
Neither does it allow sharing or entrusting paternal authority or guardianship and custody of minor children belonging to the other partner.
The human rights commission of Campeche had challenged the law saying the article was a human rights' violation.
Tuesday's ruling will take effect after notification to Congress of Campeche.