Mexico’s supreme court has ruled that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Mexico City must be recognised in the rest of the country.

The ruling follows the court’s confirmation last week that the city’s legalisation of lesbian and gay marriages is indeed constitutional.

The judgement does not mean that other cities or districts in Mexico are forced to allow gay and lesbian couples in those areas to marry, but does mean that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Mexico City are legal there.

Two of the court’s 11 judges voted against the decision arguing that it violated the spirit of the country’s federal system.

The court is still to rule on the matter of gay adoption and is expected to issue a judgement soon.

Last month Argentina became the first country in South America to legalise same-sex marriage rights.

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