Gay marriage in Baja: reforms aim to address discrimination

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12/01/2019

Same-sex marriage is legal in Baja California. Sort of. To get married in the state, gay and lesbian couples are legally required to overcome costly and lengthy legal obstacles that heterosexual couples never face. The process involves applying for a marriage license, getting rejected by a local clerk, and filing an injunction with a federal court. Ultimately, it costs ten times more than what heterosexual couples pay and lasts four times longer, said lawyer Jose Luis Marquez, who represented the first gay couple to marry in Baja California and continues to help same-sex couples file injunctions. “That is discrimination,” said Marquez.

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