/ Modified aug 12, 2020 2:32 p.m.

LGBTQ groups pressure Sonoran congress on marriage equality

An advocate says barriers to marriage make same-sex couples even more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

A coalition of LGBTQ groups is pressuring the Sonoran congress to take action on marriage equality reform.

Community representatives delivered a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday that said the state’s current prohibition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and violates human rights. Sonoran law defines marriage as the “legitimate union” of a man and woman, and declares same-sex marriages “legally impossible.”

“This health emergency makes reform more than necessary,” said Luis Albores, of the National Human Rights Commission, adding that facing additional barriers to wed makes same-sex couples even more vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In 2015, Mexico’s Supreme Court Ruled that laws like Sonora’s are unconstitutional. But Sonora is one of a number of states where legislatures have not reformed their civil or family codes to reflect that ruling. A reform measure has languished in the state congress for over a year, and has yet to be discussed in relevant committees.

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