Jalisco legalizes same-sex marriage, fines conversion therapies and recognizes gender identity

Jalisco legalizes same-sex marriage, fines conversion therapies and recognizes gender identity

Legislators also recognized the rights of transgender people, and those who force someone else to undergo therapy in order to change their sexual orientation were subject to a monetary penalty.

Several years after the Civil Code of Jalisco was declared unconstitutional because it defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman rather than as a union between two people of different genders, legislators in the state legislature of Jalisco have voted to revise the code.

There were 26 votes in favor, 8 votes against, 3 abstentions, and no dissenting votes. Using paper ballots, the vote was conducted in a way that prevented the positions of the various legislators from being revealed. Members of the Future party, led by Susana de la Rosa, claimed that they and other legislators had been intimidated by those who were against the reforms.

According to the definition, marriage is an institution of public and social importance in which two people choose to unite in order to realize the community of life, in search of personal fulfillment, and in order to establish the foundations of a family based on mutual respect, mutual assistance, and equal rights and obligations. It is necessary to be at least 18 years old in order to be legally married.

They were joined by Deputies Enrique Velázquez from Morena and Susana de la Rosa from Hagamos, as well as Dolores López of Movimiento Ciudadano and José Mara Martnez from Hagamos, all of whom expressed their support for the reform and called for it to be implemented immediately.

Following the decision of the Supreme Court, Jalisco has become the 27th state in the country to harmonize its civil code.

In a recent revision of the Penal Code, anyone who forces another to undergo treatment that aims to modify or impose the expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation of another person can be fined up to 28 thousand 866 pesos. Anyone who provides these “therapies” would be subject to a prison sentence ranging from one to three years, as well as a prohibition from practicing their profession. After receiving 32 votes in favor and 5 votes against, the House of Representatives voted to pass this legislation.

These amendments are in addition to the changes made to civil registry laws and state civil codes to allow transgender people to obtain a birth certificate and identify themselves as they wish. As a result, only adults are permitted to participate in the original project. On this issue, there were a total of 26 votes in favor, ten votes against, and one abstention.

Protests outside the Legislative Power building on both sides of the issue erupted during the debate over these issues.