León, Guanajuato .- Since the Guanajuato Government Secretariat’s declaration of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the number of these unions has increased tremendously, averaging one every day so far this year.
21 same-sex marriages, eight of which were celebrated in December, were registered by the General Directorate of Civil Registry as the year 2021 came to a conclusion.
Just that month, Libia García Muñoz Ledo, the secretary of government, issued the decree in which she gave Juan Hinojosa, the director of the civil registry, instructions so that everyone who wanted to get married could do so regardless of their sexual orientation and without the need for any sort of legal action.
As of May 31 this year, there had been 126 unions of the same sex, with 45 of those unions occurring mostly in León. Irapuato, with 19 registered same-sex marriages, was the second-most-recorded municipality, while Celaya, came in third with 12.
In total, this kind of union has taken place in 22 of the state’s 46 municipalities.
This indicates that there were six times as many marriages in the first five months of this year than there were in the entire previous year. However, one thing to keep in mind is that during 2020 and 2021, the Civil Registry offices did not work regularly due to the pandemic.
Only eight legal unions between people of the same sex were recorded in 2019 prior to the pandemic, though.
A total of 109 same-sex marriages were celebrated by the General Directorate of Civil Registry between 2018 and 2021. That amounts to 13.4% less than the first five months of 2022.
The LGBTQ+ community in Acámbaro demands respect and harmony.
Gael Ariel Vázquez Urbina and Tony Rosas, two members of the LGBTQ+ community, made a request for respect, inclusion, and visibility in their municipality. They highlighted the large crowd that attended the LGBTQ+ pride march in Acámbaro.
Both took part in the march, which started in Plaza Hidalgo, contnuing on Javier Mina, Primero de Mayo, and Abasolo streets, all the way to Plaza la Soledad. Hundreds of onlookers were drawn to the march, and they cheered and applauded the participants as they passed by along the route.
The tour between slogans and banners was filled with legends alluding to the LGBTQ+ cause. In their messages they requested that their rights be upheld consistently.
We still have a lot to do in Acámbaro.
While mounted on his horse, Gael Ariel Vázquez Urbina encourages society to acknowledge and take the LGBTI community into account.
“Same-sex spouses must receive equal access to things like health benefits or housing. We still have a lot to do in Acámbaro. We hope that, with the help of the LGBTQ+ pride movement, we can carry out these kinds of activities year after year in a pleasant manner. One of the march’s goals is to fight against the prejudice that has always been directed against the community.
“We aim to battle discrimination with the march, as well as increase community visibility so that they feel safe, protected and that the community protects the community itself. In Acámbaro, people needs to be informed, we seek inclusion, respect, and a great deal of serenity”, he added.
Tony Rosas uses the march to call for respect, tolerance, equality, and peace while wearing the movement’s colors.
The most crucial thing, is to express gratitude to society for all that it has given us and for opening the world to the movement’s community.
Tony predicts a bright future for the members of the community, because acceptance towards LGBTQ+ people is growing.