The Congress of Mexico’s western state of Jalisco has approved a change in the state’s constitution that will legalize same-sex civil unions.
The law, approved by a tight a 20 to 15 vote Thursday, will provided same-sex couples with numerous social benefits similar to those of married couples, such as social security benefits, pension and inheritance rights. But the law also specifically says that the civil unions are not to be considered marriages, and there is no adoption provisions.
Currently, Mexican same-sex marriages are allowed in Mexico City, the southern state of Oaxaca and the state of Quintana Roo, home to the resort city of Cancun.
Additionally, the northern Mexican state of Coahuila began allowing same-sex civil unions in 2007.
In January of 2012, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Jalisco must respect the rights of gay couples who have married or adopted children in other Mexican states that do recognize same-sex marriages, so it is not clear how the new law will square with the courts ruling.