MEXICO CITY – More than 1,200 people, including two women ages 81 and 90, married a partner of the same sex in Mexico City last year, the Federal District said.
The Federal District’s Legislative Assembly overhauled the civil code in December 2009 to permit same-sex marriages, but the new law did not take effect until March 4, 2010.
Of the 612 same-sex marriages performed last year, 318 involved men and 294 were entered into by women.
March was the month with the most same-sex unions, with 94, officials said.
The legal change benefited “spouses with foreign nationality” who were able to marry in the capital, the Federal District said.
A total of 60 foreigners married in the capital, including “people who were born in Romania, Spain, Italy, France, the United States, England, Canada, Panama, Venezuela, the Philippines, Argentina, Austria, Ireland, Brazil, Cuba and Colombia,” the Federal District said.
Forty-four of the foreign spouses were male and 16 were female.
A total of 405 of those entering into same-sex marriages were between the ages of 31 and 40, while 376 were in the 21-30 age group and 264 were in the 41-50 age group.
People in the 61-70 age group accounted for 27 same-sex marriages, while four people were in the 71-80 age group and two spouses were ages 81 and 90.
More than 67 percent of the 612 same-sex marriages registered last year were in the shared-asset category and the rest were in the separate-assets category. EFE