(CNN) — Mexico City, one of Latin America’s
largest metropolises, on Monday legalized same-sex marriage and
adoption by same-sex couples.
By a vote of 39 to 20, the city’s legislative assembly approved
revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages. Five
In a separate motion, the assembly voted 31 to 24 in favor of
legalizing adoption by same-sex couples, with nine abstentions.
The revision will change the definition of marriage to a union
between two people, instead of the current version, which specifies
a union between a man and a woman.
Civil groups in favor and opposed to the vote had gathered since
early in the morning outside the legislative building.
In 2007, the legislators approved same-sex civil unions.
Mexico City is the second major Latin American
city to legalize same-sex marriage.
In November, a Buenos Aires, Argentina, court
legalized same-sex marriages. The first marriage
to be held under the new law, however, was delayed over legal
wrangling in the courts.
CNN en Español’s Rey Rodriguez
contributed to this report.