Mexico’s president signed a law Friday allowing gay men and lesbians to wed in the country, a move many have hailed as a victory for equality.
President Felipe Calderon’s signature of the law, which was passed by parliament on Friday, comes amid mounting political and religious tensions in the nation.
The move comes after the country’s Supreme Court ruled last year that gays and lesbians were eligible for marriage, but the country has not ratified the law.
The law gives gay couples the right to wed and imposes fines of up to 50,000 pesos ($4,000) on people who refuse to do so.
A similar bill was passed in 2017, but it was never officially ratified.
A total of 11 countries allow same-sex marriage, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
In June, the Mexican Supreme Court unanimously ruled that gay couples have the right of marriage.
A ruling from the countrys Constitutional Court will be final in March.
The measure is seen as a major step forward for LGBT rights, with the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto pushing for the law to be enforced.
The Supreme Court has already upheld the decision, and the government said the law would “protect the dignity and security of all Mexican families.”
In 2018, Pena de los Santos, then a candidate for the presidency, signed a new bill to legalize gay marriage.
That law was later rejected by voters.
Mexico is home to one of the most conservative societies in Latin America, with conservative politicians and leaders supporting traditional marriage.