Six couples (four of men and two of women) took the first step in Puerto Vallarta for equal marriage a reality in the city, by requesting to be married last friday at the Civil Registry, based on Article 8, the constitutional the right of petition.
Therefore, upon receiving the requests, registry office officials, indicated that they will respond within five business days. Anticipating that the answer will come in the negative because the Civil Code of the State of Jalisco only allows for civil weddings between men and women, judges can not perform the requested nuptial agreement because they must abide by state law, so the couples will resort to promote an appeal for the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) which ruled as unconstitutional the laws that doesn’t allow marriages of same sex, like in the estate of Jalisco.
This first colective petition was supported by various organizations and groups in the community Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transvestite (LGBTTT).
Hector Ramirez Betancourt, from the Collective LGBTTT in Vallarta, one of the driving forces for this event that was attended by six gay couples, said he was satisfied with the result, “it’s a historic day for Puerto Vallarta because we’re coming to submit the request to the Registry Civil. ”
Also, Ramirez Betancourt, said that once they formalize same-sex marriages, this will become law in the city, “any couple could marry without appeals.”
Given the disagreements of some sectors, the LGBTTT group, is making a new march “for equality” in Puerto Vallarta, on August 22, in support of equal marriage, “it is not a gay march, but a march of support,” said Hector Ramirez Betancur, inviting the whole population in general.
“The church does not want is to be called “marriage” then lets calle them “civil unions”, as simple as that,” said one of the activists LGBTTT community.
So, this Saturday 22, they invite families with single mothers, single fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts or uncles, with daughters or adopted children, lesbomaternals, homo, transmaternals, transparentals, traditional families, all family types, including single people to support the cause.
The appointment will be at the Hidalgo Park at 5:00pm. They’re asking for equal marriage in Jalisco.