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Same-sex marriage in Quintana Roo

Legal status of
same-sex relationships
Previously performed and not invalidated
  1. Can be registered also in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. Licensed in some counties in Kansas but same-sex marriage is not recognized by the state
  3. Currently legal in St. Louis, Missouri
  4. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage

*Not yet in effect

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Same-sex marriages are performed and recognized in all municipalities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.[1] The first two same-sex marriages occurred in Kantunilkin in Lázaro Cárdenas Municipality on 28 November 2011 after it was discovered the state's Civil Code does not specify sex or gender requirements for marriage. However, future same-sex marriages were suspended in January 2012 upon review by Quintana Roo's Secretary of State.[2] The two same-sex marriages in the state were annulled by the governor of Quintana Roo in April 2012, but these annulments were reversed by the Secretary of State in May. The Secretary of State's decision also allowed for future same-sex marriages to be performed in Quintana Roo.[3]


State recognition of same-sex relationships in Mexico.
  Same-sex marriage1
  Same-sex civil unions
  Same-sex marriages recognized but not performed

1 Not yet in effect in Coahuila.

The Civil Code of Quintana Roo does not define gender requirements for marriage, specifying only "people interested in getting married".[4] A same-sex couple filed for a marriage license in Cancún and Chetumal after discovering this legal quirk, but both cities rejected their applications, arguing that a man-woman marriage was implied. The couple then applied in Lázaro Cárdenas Municipality, where authorities accepted the application. Quintana Roo's first two same-sex marriages were held in the community of Kantunilkin on 28 November 2011.[5]

Cancún and other resort areas in Quintana Roo planned to hold a same-sex group wedding in January 2012.[6] Newspaper governor of Quintana Roo.[7] In May 2012, the Secretary of State reversed the annulments.[9] The next month, both marriages became legal because there was no estoppel in due time.[10] It was also announced that same-sex marriages are legal in all the municipalities of Quintana Roo.[10] However, in 2013, a lesbian couple were denied the right to marry and forced to obtain an injunction in Tulum. The Court concluded discriminatory acts had occurred and ordered the state to prevent further discrimination against homosexuals, requiring all Civil Registry offices in Quintana Roo to have marriage license applications for same sex couples.[11]

In September 2014, the Bacalar City Council approved changes in the procedures for the Civil Registry to equalize procedures for all marriages.[12] Officials in Playa del Carmen announced that same-sex couples were allowed to marry in the municipality, as of the last week of September, 2014.[13]

In November 2014, it was announced that a bill to officially legalize same-sex marriage in the state would be introduced and voted on in the current legislative session, thereby replacing the loophole used by couples.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Vázquez, Jesús (18 July 2012). "Bodas gay generan interés en el sector turismo de Quintana Roo".  
  2. ^ "Same-sex marriages put on hold in Cancun resort areas". San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Varillas, Adriana (3 May 2012). "Revocan anulación de bodas gay en QRoo".  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Brisa Muñoz (30 November 2011). "Sin hacer una reforma legal, Quintana Roo realiza sus primeras bodas gay" (in Español). CNN México. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Brisa Muñoz (2 December 2011). "Dos matrimonios homosexuales se casaron en un municipio conservador" (in Español). CNN México. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Santana, Rosa (17 April 2012). "Anula gobernador de Quintana Roo dos bodas gay; lo acusan de homofóbico".  
  8. ^ "Gay Marriage In Cancun, Mexico Suspended". On Top Magazine. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Sánchez, Manuel (4 May 2012). "Legalizan los matrimonios gay" (in Spanish). Diario Respuesta. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Varillas, Adriana (5 June 2012). "Matrimonio gay celebra su unión en QRoo".  
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  14. ^ (Spanish) Ingresan al Congreso uniones gay
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