Free Mexico honeymoon for first Argentine gay newly-weds

July 16, 2010

BBC News

Mexico City has offered a free honeymoon to the first gay couple to marry in Argentina under a new law.

The couple would have all expenses paid in the Mexican capital and in the beach resort of Cancun, the city’s tourism secretary, Alejandro Rojas, said.

On Thursday, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Mexico City also allows gay couples to wed.

The city government would pay the air fares for the newly-wed couple and is seeking sponsorship from hotels and restaurants to finance the rest of the honeymoon, Mr Rojas said.

The offer was “a recognition of tolerance, but first and foremost a way to promote gay tourism in Mexico”.

The left-leaning Mexico City government legalised same-sex marriage in 2009 and also allows gay couples to adopt children.

The BBC correspondent in Mexico, Julian Miglierini, says some Mexicans consider the invitation to be simply a publicity stunt.

But he says the offer by the capital’s authorities also shows how the new law in Argentina could galvanise the demand for gay rights across Latin America.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Josefina Argüello says:

    I´m glad Mexico is becaming a gay friendly place.
    This is a tip for Gay tourists: if you are going for a vacation only, and you want a friendly, affordable, gay travel destination where you are sure to have fun, privacy when you desire, and acquire many new friends, relax, and enjoy your stay, because you will never regret making some riviera maya tours.

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