Tulum Beach, Riviera Maya

Mexican Caribbean Zone Seeks to Formalize Gay Marriage to Attract Tourists

Mexican Caribbean Zone Seeks to Formalize Gay Marriage to Attract Tourists to Tulum  & Riviera Maya in the State of Quintana Roo.

Cancun and other resort areas on the Mexican Caribbean will have a new attraction for gay and lesbian couples from the United States, Canada and Europe, allowing them to legalize their unions thanks to a quirk in the local civil code, activist Patricia Novelo told Efe.

This market niche is very attractive for European, Canadian and American (homosexual) couples,” said the spokesperson for Colectivo Diversidad Novelo who said that in January the first same-sex group wedding will be held in the resort area as part of local support for the human rights of the gay community. She said that already several couples have expressed their wish to formalize their unions at the ceremony. Eight couples have been confirmed to marry in January, most of them Mexican, but she said that more are expected and preparations are being handled by the groups Colectivo Diversidad, Fusion G, Gaytoursmexico and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

The activist said that before the unions of same-sex couples in Quintana Roo state Cancun and other resorts already existed for citizens  from abroad and that now  agreements have begun to be struck with different airlines and hotel chains to hold these marriages all along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Novelo said that this “is something very positive. Besides the social part there is  more income on top of conventional tourism.” She said gay and lesbian marriages are possible in Quintana Roo, thanks to a quirk in the State’s Civil Code thata allows couples to be married, without specifying their gender.

In Mexico, same-sex marriages have been expressly authorized in Mexico City even for  citizens of other countries.

Source:. Latin American Herald Tribune

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