Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard today signed a document instructing the Undersecretary for North America, Jesús Seade, to make the necessary changes to consular practices to enable all individuals, regardless of their sex, to be married in Mexico's consular offices around the world.

From now on, all of Mexico's consular offices will be able to conduct marriage ceremonies between Mexican citizens, regardless of their sex.  This act celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which is observed on May 17 and commemorates the removal of homosexuality from the World Health Organization (WHO) list of mental illnesses.

In his remarks, the foreign secretary said that democracy is an essential part of Mexican identity, and that a democratic country cannot be built by excluding part of society.  He went on to say that the new policy fulfills the ninth of the ten-point migrant protection strategy announced at the morning conference of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on February 28.

The Mexican government reiterates its highest commitment to human rights and to the enjoyment of these rights by its citizens, free of discrimination or interference by the government. The Foreign Ministry will continue working to ensure all the rights of the Mexican diaspora.