The Mexican Supreme Court just struck down a ban on gay adoption

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The Mexican Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a law banning gay adoption.

In a 9-1 ruling, the country’s highest court struck down the law banning adoption by same-sex couples, which was brought in in the state of Campeche in 2013.

The decision ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.

The ruling stemmed from the state’s human rights commission filing a legal challenge to the law.

Presiding judge Luis Maria Aguila, said the decision was made bearing in mind the need to protect children being adopted.

“I see no problem for a child to be adopted in a society of co-existence, which has precisely this purpose. Are we going to prefer to have children in the street, which according to statistics exceed 100,000? We attend, of course, and perhaps with the same intensity or more, to the interests of the child,” Aguila said.

Eduardo Medina Mora was the only supreme court judge to vote against the ruling – he argued that the interest of the child, rather than the adopting couple, should be key.

The same court in June ruled that Mexico’s state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, effectively legalising it.