Is same-sex marriage legal in Mexico, and recognized for immigration in all states? 

Many of our clients from the gay community ask us when applying for residency in Mexico: Is same-sex marriage legal in Mexico? Is it recognized for the purposes of residency? 

The answer is YES! Mexico City was the first federal entity to legalize it in 2010. Quintana Roo was the next to follow suit. Since 14 June 2023, same-sex marriages (matrimonio igualitario in Spanish) is legal in all 32 Mexican states. All couples enjoy the same rights in terms of marriage throughout Mexico, regardless of their sexual orientation. The last two states to legalize it were Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.

Supreme Court Ruling

This results from a ruling of Mexico’s Supreme Court that local judges did not have the power to oppose such marriages. The rule also calls for each state’s civil code to be amended to include the new law. This is apparently still pending in some states such as Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Guanajuato. Such omission is deemed unconstitutional.

Other rights

While gay marriage is now legal throughout the country, not all states afford married gay couples the same treatment. For example, not all states allow same-sex couples to adopt. The right to gender identity is not recognized by all states either. 

At Immigration to Mexico it is a pleasure for us to support our clients from the gay community. We can assist with residency, citizenship and relocation matters. 

We currently operate in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Puebla, Guanajuato, Jalisco and in Mexico City. For further information on residency application requirements, please contact us:

Our blog also offers various articles on residency through spousal/family unity. The information is valid for all couples. Consult the titles below:

How to Change from Temporary to Permanent Resident as a Spouse or Partner in Mexico

How to Get Temporary or Permanent Residency for Spouses and Partners

The Pros and Cons of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Mexico


Como van los derechos LGBT en Mexico

Matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo en México

Matrimonio igualitario en México: ¿qué estados de México lo han aprobado?

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