Today, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto submitted an official proposal to Congress which would allow nationwide marriage equality in Mexico.
In June, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. Even though this ruling marked a pivotal moment in the Mexican equality movement, it did not invalidate any of the state laws. While marriage equality is the law of the land in eight Mexican states and the Federal District of Mexico City, marriage equality continues to be denied to same-sex couples in 23 of Mexico’s states. This means that same-sex couples living in states without marriage equality still need to each seek legal recourse.
President Nieto overlaid the Twitter avatars for both the presidency and his personal account with the rainbow flag to reinforce his solidarity with the LGBTQ community and to honor the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). As the world celebrates the incredible progress of the LGBTQ community over the past year, President Nieto’s proposal demonstrates the important work that lies ahead as the struggle for global equality continues.