Chiapas: Presentation of legal initiative for gay marriage

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The State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) has sent to the local Congress of Chiapas a proposal to legalize marriages between persons of the same sex.

The proposal, entitled “Initiative for marriage rights without discrimination to different sexual preferences,” calls for the concept of matrimony to be considered “a free union of two persons to carry out a life in common using a contract in which the two parts commit themselves to respect and mutually support each other.”

In parallel terms, civil organizations and activists are developing the campaign “Same rights, same names” with the aim of supporting the initiative.  In this sense, José Eliecer Esponda Cáceres, president of the Open Network Collective, noted that “The Initiative before us is not to change families but rather to change the way in which the law sees us, to put an end to legal discrimination.  By denying us the right to marry, they are saying that we are second-class citizens who do not have the right to marry the person we love.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Turnan al Congreso de Chiapas iniciativa para legalizar los matrimonios gay (Proceso, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Piden en Chiapas legalizar el matrimonio gay (Excelsior, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Homosexuales exigen mismos derechos y mismos nombres (Noticias, 10 de noviembre de 2013)


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