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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

LGBT+ Rights Take Center Stage in Mexico’s New Congress

11/08/2018 | Openly

A bill passed this week in Mexico’s Senate granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into law. The vote in the country’s recently sworn-in upper house was unanimous. The amendment also included motions granting gay and lesbian couples the right to a widow or widower’s pension, as well as benefits for orphans of same-sex marriages. “The fact that it’s one of the first initiatives approved in the Senate gives a very good image that this is indeed a priority,” Mexican LGBT+ activist Ricardo Baruch told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday. “Let’s hope that for the rest of this legislature and throughout the next federal government our rights remain a priority.”

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