Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage, adoptions

story.same.sex.marriage.gi(CNN) -- Mexico City, one of Latin America's largest metropolises, on Monday legalized same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

By a vote of 39 to 20, the city's legislative assembly approved revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages. Five legislators abstained.

In a separate motion, the assembly voted 31 to 24 in favor of legalizing adoption by same-sex couples, with nine abstentions.

The revision will change the definition of marriage to a union between two people, instead of the current version, which specifies a union between a man and a woman.

Civil groups in favor and opposed to the vote had gathered since early in the morning outside the legislative building.

In 2007, the legislators approved same-sex civil unions.

Mexico City is the second major Latin American city to legalize same-sex marriage.

In November, a Buenos Aires, Argentina, court legalized same-sex marriages. The first marriage to be held under the new law, however, was delayed over legal wrangling in the courts.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/12/21/mexico.gay.marriage/index.html