Mary and Lucha sued the state when denied a marriage license. Mexico, like the United States, has each individual state decide on same-sex marriage.
In 2009 Mexico City became the nation’s first and only municipality to legislatively approve marriage equality. Though the highest court in Mexico ordered all states to recognize the legal marriages of gay couples, only a few states have complied.
Mary and Lucha had a private ceremony in Guanajuato’s largest city, Leon, where they were declared “a couple legally united in marriage,” according to several outlets.
The president of the gay rights group Asociacion Colectivo Leon Gay AC, Fidel Negrete, said the ceremony was emotional, filled with both joy and nervousness.
“It was a wonderful thing,” Negrete said. “They looked beautiful and very happy.”