Cancun Sees The Wisdom—And The Money—In Marriage Equality

As if you needed another reason to fly to Cancun, the Mexican resort town is allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

It’s not just love or acceptance that’s fueled the move, though: The local tourism industry is eager to get its hands on the pink peso.

We’re totally okay with that.

“The aim is to promote this market niche, which is very attractive for European, Canadian and American couples,” Colectivo Diversidad spokesperson Patricia Novelo told Spanish news agency EFE. “Besides the social part there are many economic benefits, because the gay community generates between 45 and 60% more income.” At least eight same-sex couples have already confirmed they will wed in Cancun in January and airlines and resorts are already busy putting together new package deals for international LGBT travelers.

Novelo herself just got married to her partner, Areli Castro Garcia de Alba, earlier this month.

While the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, hasn’t formally passed any marriage-equality legislation (like Mexico City did in 2010), lawyers have successfully argued that since the the Mexican Civil Code only refers to “people interested in getting married,” it doesn’t prohibit same-sex unions.

“If it’s not prohibited, then it is allowed and legal,” said Novelo.

Source: On Top Magazine. Images via Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Andrew Hitchcock