MÉXICO CITY — I went to my first lesbian wedding ever last month … and it happened here in México City. The women getting married weren’t Mexican, or even Latina, but gringas. The very gay wedding of Cristina Potters and Judith McKnight (center) was held in their charming apartment in México City’s chic neighborhood Col. Condesa on July 22.
What struck me as fascinating was the guest list. Those who came to see included México City’s first lesbian couple to marry, Lol Kin Castañeda Badillo (left) and Judith Vázquez Arreola (right), who wed when México City’s same-sex marriage law took effect on March 4, 2010.
So I wondered: How do two retired, mature, easy-going, non-political American ladies living in México City meet two of México’s A-list lesbian activists?
What a lot of people don’t know is that any GLBT Mexican couple residing in any state in the Republic of México marries in México City and returns home to their state of residence, that state has to honor that marriage: Neither individual states, nor the people, get to vote on whether to “accept” or recognize LGBT marriages held in México City … something that should also be valued in the U.S.
Jesús Chairez is a gay Latino activist and freelance writer; former producer and host of U.S.’s first gayLatino show, Sin Fronteras (Without Borders), on KNON 89.3 FM. Chairez resides between Dallas and México City and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.