Doc on Couple's Fight for Gay Marriage Captures the Challenges of LGBT Mexicans
Manuel Betancourt - Remezcla
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January 17, 2017
Anyone looking for a primer on the fight for marriage equality in Mexico need not look further than Cristina Herrera Bórquez’s debut film Etiqueta no rigurosa (No Dress Code Required). The documentary follows Victor and Fernando, a gay couple living in Mexicali, Baja California and their decision to marry in their hometown. What would otherwise have been (and is for many straight people) a simple process: get a marriage license, file a date for the wedding, show up at City Hall on said date, and enjoy that day with your friends and family, quickly becomes a years-long endeavor.
Because the proceedings surrounding civil marriages are handled at the state legislature level, this case is emblematic of the fight for marriage equality in states and cities away from the more liberal and progressive areas in Mexico. That is why, despite the Mexican Supreme Court decisions that required all states to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in another state and which later deemed unconstitutional the Baja California ban on same-sex marriage, the Mexicali city government was able to find endless ways to delay and obstruct Victor and Fernando’s nuptials. It became, as the film points out, an issue of the city and state going against constitutional decisions that protected the couple at hand.
Bórquez offers audiences a front row seat to the aggravating and bureaucratic nightmare that this couple faced on their way to becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in Mexicali. With touching confessionals, heated encounters with city officials, and celebratory rallies supporting Victor and Fer, No Dress Required serves as a reminder of the many fights LGBT people around the world continue to fight for their rights with dignity.
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