The Congress of Coahuila, a northern state in Mexico, approved same sex marriages on Monday.
The legislators modified more than 40 articles of the State’s Civil Law to give all the rights and obligations of a heterosexual marriage to homosexual couples.
Before the reform, marriage in the state was defined as the union of a man and a woman in order to procreate.
With the changes, the article now states that marriage is “the union between two people with the possibility of procreating or adopting.” said the local congressman that promoted the reform, Samuel Acevedo, according to EFE news agency.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) congratulated Coahuila’s Congress for the changes in the law through a press release.
In February, 2014, Coahuila's Congress approved the adoption by homosexual couples. According to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, the Mexican Catholic Church opposed that Congress decision, because it was "against the natural law of having a mother and a father".
Coahuila is the second state to approve same sex marriages. In 2009 Mexico City approved homosexual marriages in the capital. In 2010, Mexico’s Supreme Court said that it was up to each state whether or not it to approved same sex marriages.