Mexico is often chosen as a destination for fun, cultural and relaxing vacations thanks to the rich concoction of culture, gastronomy, buzzing nightlife and beautiful varied sceneries; the mixture of all these, along with some friendly legislations, is the reason why our country has become such a hit for gay weddings.
The legalization of same sex marriage and civil union in Mexico has been a huge step towards equality; little by little we see more states joining in. Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Coahuila allow gay marriage, meaning the couples can enjoy the benefits any marriage has like social security with IMSS and ISSTE (health services), housing programs such as INFONAVIT and FOVISSSTE and they also have the option to adopt a child.
The states where it has been legalized for civil unions are Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Jalisco, Campeche, Michoacan, Morelos and Colima; as for Guerrero and Queretaro, only in some municipalities.
Side note: The difference between a civil union and marriage is that in a civil union the couples don’t get the rights and protections given by law that married couples do. This civil union alternative seems to be enough for many people, but civil and gay rights activists keep striving for more, for marriage and equal rights.
Weddings are a big all year round business, so the fact that gay couples can get married in Mexico means a great cash flow, especially in services and tourism; we are talking big spending, on wedding planners, catering services, florists, bakery, wine and liquor, gifts, music and traveling for the honeymoon or a destination wedding.
It is well known gay couples tend to spend more on their wedding day, there are usually two big incomes chipping in for it, couples are often a little bit older when marrying so they probably have more money saved up or earn more, and so on.
This is an additional benefit when it comes to reactivating the economy of a city or state, the money and tourism that comes with weddings is a big business, that’s why I call it a win-win situation, gay couples get to finally have the option to get married as they always should’ve and the economy grows because of it.
The top gay wedding destinations in Mexico are Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Cabo San Lucas, San Miguel de Allende, Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Huatulco, Manzanillo and Nuevo Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit.
So either you live in Mexico or fly out for a destination wedding, there are many options for an amazing wedding day with family and loved ones to celebrate life, love and equality.