Mexican President Calls For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Tuesday the country should legalize same-sex marriage.

The presidency’s Twitter account said Peña Nieto “announced the signing of a reform initiative which includes the recognition of the right to get married without any form of discrimination,” Reuters reports. The president wants to alter Article 4 of the Mexican Constitution and change the national civil code to legalize same-sex marriage. He also changed his Twitter photos to include rainbow colors.

Same-sex marriage laws vary in Mexico. Mexico City and some states have laws recognizing it, but others have laws prohibiting it. The country’s Supreme Court ruled in 2015 it was unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from getting married, but couples must challenge the laws prohibiting it on a case by case basis, The Associated Press reports.

Peña Nieto said “Marriages to be carried out without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or nationality, of disabilities, of social or health conditions, of religion, of gender or sexual preference.”

Same-sex marriage gained nationwide recognition in the U.S. after a Supreme Court ruling in 2015.

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