Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo finally married this weekend in Mexicali, Baja California after nearly one year of state tactics to stop the wedding.
Last year the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled the couple could marry in the State of Baja California which launched a firestorm of controversy and state delays canceling four scheduled ceremonies over bureaucratic hurdles.
The couple’s first attempt to wed in 2013 didn’t receive much media attention until the arguments reached the Supreme Court where the battle was won.
The couple originally planned to marry in November to become the state’s first married gay couple, but a mysterious bomb threat at City Hall forced the cancellation. Since then the state has claimed incomplete paperwork has caused the cancellation of two other nuptials.
Last week another attempt was made when a marriage counselor petitioned the courts to stop the wedding because the couple was too insane to be married.
Late last week the couple’s attorney filed charges against the Mayor of Mexicali for attempting to not carry out the ruling of the supreme court.
Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo are Baja California’s first legally gay married couple. However, the Supreme Court ruling only applied to this case, other gay couples wishing to marry in the state might need to face long court battles leading to the supreme court again.