Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto wants to legalise same-sex marriage across his entire country.

Marriage equality is only legal in the capital, Mexico City, and a handful of states, but Mexico’s Supreme Court declared last year it was unconstitutional for the other states to ban same-sex couples from marriage.

The president (pictured) made the announcement at an event in the country to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17.

He said he wanted to legalise marriage equality “to recognize as a human right that people can enter into marriage without any kind of discrimination”.

“Today at the Day Against Homophobia, I met with LGBTI representatives. I listened to their ideas and proposals and reiterated our commitment to combat all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of gender and sexual orientation,” he wrote on Facebook.

He said he signed a reform measure that his country’s congress must approve before the law change can take effect.

With his Twitter profile coloured rainbow to mark IDAHOT, he also tweeted: “For an inclusive Mexico that recognises in diversity one of its biggest strengths,” finishing with a Spanish hashtag that means “Without homophobia”.

In Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and most recently Colombia have also legalised marriage equality.

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