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Mexico City allows gay marriage

<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. Mexico City's assembly voted to extend gay couples full marriage rights on December 21, 2009 in a landmark law that is the first of its kind in Latin America, a traditionally macho and Catholic region. The bill takes a 2006 law allowing civil unions by allowing gay couples to access family social security benefits and apply for joint credits as if they were a straight couple. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. Mexico City's assembly voted to extend gay couples full marriage rights on December 21, 2009 in a landmark law that is the first...more

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. Mexico City's assembly voted to extend gay couples full marriage rights on December 21, 2009 in a landmark law that is the first of its kind in Latin America, a traditionally macho and Catholic region. The bill takes a 2006 law allowing civil unions by allowing gay couples to access family social security benefits and apply for joint credits as if they were a straight couple. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril share household chores in their apartment in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril share household chores in their apartment in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril share household chores in their apartment in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril read in their home in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril read in their home in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril read in their home in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril go through paperwork at their home in Mexico City December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar</p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril go through paperwork at their home in Mexico City December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril go through paperwork at their home in Mexico City December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril get ready in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril get ready in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril get ready in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril stand on a street in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril stand on a street in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril stand on a street in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Sebastian A. Becerril (L) lights the cigarette of his partner Rafael Ramirez in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Sebastian A. Becerril (L) lights the cigarette of his partner Rafael Ramirez in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Sebastian A. Becerril (L) lights the cigarette of his partner Rafael Ramirez in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Sebastian A. Becerril (4th L) and his partner Rafael Ramirez (2nd R) enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Sebastian A. Becerril (4th L) and his partner Rafael Ramirez (2nd R) enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Sebastian A. Becerril (4th L) and his partner Rafael Ramirez (2nd R) enjoy an evening at a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril dance in a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril dance in a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril dance in a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enter a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. The sign above the door reads "Thank you for your sexual preference." REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enter a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. The sign above the door reads "Thank you for your sexual preference." REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (L) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril enter a gay bar in Mexico City December 11, 2009. The sign above the door reads "Thank you for your sexual preference." REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Rafael Ramirez (1st row R) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril (2nd row R) listen to a speaker at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Rafael Ramirez (1st row R) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril (2nd row R) listen to a speaker at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Rafael Ramirez (1st row R) and his partner Sebastian A. Becerril (2nd row R) listen to a speaker at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Gay rights activists cheer during a session at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar</p>

Gay rights activists cheer during a session at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Gay rights activists cheer during a session at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>A couple kisses as others celebrate at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. The sign reads, "Gay marriage revolution". REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar</p>

A couple kisses as others celebrate at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. The sign reads, "Gay marriage revolution". REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

A couple kisses as others celebrate at the city's assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. The sign reads, "Gay marriage revolution". REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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