The Supreme Court in Mexico has legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark legal ruling.
A court has decreed that it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.
Whilst no official legislation has been brought forward in parliament to introduce marriage for gay and bisexual couples, the court ruling represents a precedent which will require courts throughout the country to follow suit.
This means that same-sex marriage has effectively been legalised throughout Mexico.
Estefanía Vela, a legal scholar at a Mexico City university told the New York Times of the ruling: “Without a doubt, gay marriage is legal everywhere. If a same-sex couple comes along and the code says marriage is between a man and a woman and for the purposes of reproduction, the court says, ‘Ignore it, marriage is for two people'.”
It is now up to couples to petition the courts individually, a process which can last several months and amount to legal bills of up to $1,000.