Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hot Off the Press

I really am working today, but I have an RSS feed on my homepage and this ... this is big enough to take a break. As of exactly two hours ago [ho - I'm scooping CNN! Dad would be proud!] -

Gay unions legal: Mexico City
10.11.2006. 09:07:09

Mexico City has approved homosexual civil unions, legalising gay partnerships for the first time in the world's second-largest Catholic nation.

The national capital's municipal assembly, controlled by left-wing legislators, backed legal gay union by a vote of 43-17 as hundreds of rival protesters demonstrated noisily outside the building.

The local congress in the northern border state of Coahuila, bordering Texas, began debating a similar law to legalise gay unions this week.

"These reforms are going to cause a snowball effect that no one will be able to stop," said David Sanchez of the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution, one of very few openly gay national congressmen.

The legislation in Mexico City and Coahuila is modelled on France's civil code and provides property, pension, inheritance and even co-parenting rights but stops short of allowing full marriage or adoption of children.

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