Mexico's president proposes legal gay marriage

  • 18/05/2016
Mexico's president proposes legal gay marriage

Mexico's president has proposed allowing same sex marriage nationally, the latest in a series of progressive policies in a traditionally conservative country.

The presidency said on Tuesday via Twitter that President Enrique Pena Nieto had "announced the signing of a reform initiative which includes the recognition of the right to get married without any form of discrimination".

Both the presidency and Pena Nieto's Twitter avatars were overlaid with the rainbow flag of gay pride to mark the international day against homophobia and transphobia.

The announcement comes just weeks after Pena Nieto proposed relaxing laws on marijuana.

Mexico's Supreme Court said last year that laws restricting marriage to a man and woman were unconstitutional and a Supreme Court judge urged states to legalise gay marriage.