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Mexico Supreme Court Issues Protocol Guaranteeing LGBT Rights

Posted: 22/08/2014

By: GAYPV News Team

The Mexican Supreme Court (SCJ) August 18, 2014 issued a landmark protocol to guarantee the rights of the LGBT community and their access to justice in Mexico.

The "Protocolo de Actuación" released by Chief Justice Ministro Presidente Juan N Silva Meza is expected to be a guide for judges and all those who administer justice in cases involving sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some historic statements made by Presidente Silva Meza are that any regression in human rights is a regression in democracy, and we must defend our democracy at all costs. It is our constitutional mandate to protect and ensure both the right of equality and non-discrimination to everyone in Mexico. Everyone has the right to "choose, freely and autonomously, how to live their life."

A further historic statement indicates that physical appearance, sexual preferences and public display of affections are protected by the Constitution, and therefore the judges are required to resolve cases concerning the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people based on a gender and sexual diversity perspective. 

The presentation ceremony was attended by the SCJ's ministers Olga Sanchez Cordero, Jorge Pardo, Arturo Zaldivar, Luis Maria Aguilar, Alberto Perez Gelacio and Fernando Franco, and by LGBT representatives and the president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR), Tracy Robinson who helped to collaborate the document.

This historical statement from the Mexican Supreme Court is one of the most important steps in contributing to the transformation and guarantee of justice and equal rights for the LGBT community in Mexico.

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Sean Lewis ( is an immigration attorney based in Nashville, Tennessee [Tel: +1 (615) 226-4236]. He has filed many same-sex visa petitions for spouses and fiancés before the immigration service and U.S. consulates following the US Supreme Court decision. Sean has local ties to Puerto Vallarta and is married to a native of Nayarit and Vallarta. For those in Mexico, Sean may be contacted at his Guadalajara phone (33) 5004-2258, or on his web site