In a nine votes to one ruling, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that banning same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional.
Justices struck down a same-sex adoption ban in the southern state of Campeche. The human rights commission, who argued this law violated constitutional rights to non-discrimination and form families, filed the challenge to a law passed in 2013.
The decision ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.
Presiding judge, Luis Maria Aguila, said the decision was made bearing in mind the need to protect children being adopted.
I see no problem for a child to be adopted in a society of co-existence, which has precisely this purpose. Are we going to prefer to have children in the street, which according to statistics exceed 100,000? We attend, of course, and perhaps with the same intensity or more, to the interests of the child.”
Eduardo Medina Mora was the only supreme court judge to vote against the ruling – he argued that the interest of the child, rather than the adopting couple, should be key.
The same court in June ruled that Mexico’s state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, effectively legalising it.