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Baja California city ordered to honor lesbian couple's marriage license request

MEXICALI, Baja California -- A lesbian couple who requested a marriage license in Mexicali last year - and denied - recently won the right to marry by a federal court in Baja California, Tijuana-based newspaper Frontera reports.

Reyna Isabel Soberanes Cuadras and Jacqueline Ramos Meza attempted to get married on Aug. 6, 2013 and, after being denied, filed a lawsuit in the Baja California court system.

Judge Maria Elizabeth Acevedo Gaxiola decided in favor of the couple, who argued that marriage is simply "between two people."

The couple's attorney, Jose Luis Saavedra Marquez, said that the city of Mexicali has been given 10 business days to appeal the judge's ruling, otherwise they must provide a marriage date.

In Mexico, same-gender marriage is legal in the Federal District (Mexico City) and in the state of Quintana Roo. Other states are in a long process of deciding the issue. Gay couples have been allowed to marry in individual cases in Chihuahua, Colima, State of Mexico, Yucatán and Oaxaca. Gay civil unions are performed in Mexico City and in the states of Coahuila, Colima and Jalisco. The marriages are recognized nationwide by Supreme Court order. Yucatán is the only state that bans same-gender marriage.

Baja California shares a border with California, where same-gender marriage is legal.