Mexico City approves same-sex marriage

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Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the Mexican capital the first city in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.

The city’s legislative assembly passed the bill 39-20, and Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is now widely expected to sign the bill into law, which was proposed by his party.

The law changes the meaning of marriage from “a free union between a man and a woman” to “a free union between two people.”

The measure, which had been opposed by the Catholic Church and some conservative groups, will also give gay couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.

Same-sex marriage is only permitted in seven countries and some parts of the United States. Certain parts of Latin America only allow civil unions for gay couples.