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Mexico City: Gay inmates granted conjugal visits


Anthony Cuesta | August 03, 2007

PUERTO VALLARTA — Mexico City's prison system now allows gay inmates conjugal visits, a move that follows a recommendation by the country's National Human Rights Commission.

Despite opposition from conservatives and religious groups, the capital’s leftist government has taken stands this year on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage and prostitution.

“The Mexico City department of prisons and rehabilitation has allowed the first conjugal visit to an inmate with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual,” the commission said, reports the Associated Press. It called the move “an important step in terms of nondiscrimination regarding sexual preference.”

In many Mexican prisons, inmates are allowed conjugal visits, and most do not require the visitor to be married to the inmate.

A 2003 Mexican law bans discrimination based on sexual preference.

The decision was prompted by a complaint from a man who said he had been refused permission to visit his partner in jail on the grounds they were homosexual.

On Feb. 8 the commission ruled that was discrimination, and prison authorities decided to allow the visit. The statement did not say when. – Issued by Gay Link Content


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