• Newlyweds Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor. (NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs/Facebook)Source: NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs/Facebook
Married in New York City, the couple's union marks the first time a same-sex marriage conducted outside of Mexico is formally recognised by the country.
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

5 Dec 2018 - 3:25 PM  UPDATED 5 Dec 2018 - 3:25 PM

For longtime couple Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor, tying the knot wasn't just the happiest day of their lives, but a history-making occasion for many.

Having initially moved to the United States from Mexico in 2016 to pursue their studies at Columbia University, the pair's request for a marriage license at the General Consulate of Mexico in New York earlier this year was denied.

According to The New York Times, this was due to the fact that same-sex marriage isn't recognised nationally in Mexico, merely in multiple states (including the country's capital, Mexico City). 

“We thought it was discriminatory,” Berezowsky told the The New York Times.

He added: “They had no grounds to deny us. We had every right to get married."

Following a legal battle, a Mexican judge ruled in favour of the couple, meaning that LGBTIQ+ Mexicans living overseas will now have the opportunity to get married and have it recognised by their home country.

“My husband and I (how amazing to say it!) are very grateful for all the support we have received,” Berezowsky shared on Twitter.

He added: “This victory is yours as much as it is ours."

The New York Mayor’s Office for International Affairs took to social media to congratulate the happy couple.

“For the first time ever, a same-sex couple was married outside Mexico under Mexican law, at Consulmex Nueva York in a ceremony officiated by Consul General Diego Gómez Pickering,” the office's statement read.

It continued: “On behalf of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York, Commissioner Abeywardena congratulated the newlyweds on this special day that marks a milestone for global equality in NYC, and thanked them for their courageous actions in pressing their case for marriage equality."

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