The State of Durango is among the few entities that do not contemplate same-sex marriage, which is why same-sex couples have been forced to resort to protection.
Thanks to this resource, in the entity, about 42 couples have managed to formalize their relationship by obtaining their marriage certificate and with it the rights and obligations that it entails.
And it is that Durango, like five other states, has not modified its civil or family legislation on marriage.
In Durango, Guerrero, the State of Mexico, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz, civil marriage continues to be dedicated to the union of a man and a woman, and same-sex couples need to process an amparo trial in order to contract a civil marriage.
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According to the research entitled “The regulation of civil marriage between people of the same sex in Mexico” prepared by the Belisario Domínguez Institute of the Senate of the Republic, currently, 26 of the 32 federal entities of the country including the neighboring state of Coahuilacontemplate in their legislation marriage as the union between two people, regardless of their sexual preference.
The rest of the entities are: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tlaxcala, Yucatan and Zacatecas.
Of that total, in 19 of those 26 states of the country, the recognition of equal marriage, that is, between people of the same sex, was possible thanks to the legislative work that rcarried out by the deputies of each of the 19 local congresseswho approved in plenary the corresponding opinions to reform the regulations of each state in order to allow same-sex marriage in those entities.
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Tadeo Campange, a defense activist of the LGBTIQ+ Community in the state, reported that these 42 marriages have been thanks to the protections that have been promoted.
“In the last year (they have achieved) 42 amparos against the Civil Registry, the State Congress and the Executive Power; the judge automatically grants us the reason and orders the State Congress to carry out these marriages,” he explained.
He also explained that “the process was carried out (we carried it out) through a legal team headed by Mr. Alejando Aranda, who is the one who has been helping us with the injunctions for the last year.”
He mentioned that he himself is a liaison with couples interested in processing an amparo to achieve their unionas long as it is not considered as such in the entity.
“It is a simple procedure, basic paperwork; the waiting time ranges from 24 hours to 3 months for the judge to give us an answer,” he said.
For a year, the community has been waiting for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to issue a recommendation to the State Congress to endorse, legislate and reform the Civil Code in its articles 147, 146 and 34 that speak of marriage, and that do not allow progress on that issue to the LGBTIQ+ community.