MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Jalisco have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions.
Jalisco is a conservative and staunchly Roman Catholic state that is home to Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara.
The law approved Thursday provides gay couples with numerous social benefits similar to those of married couples.
Neighboring Colima state approved a similar law in July.
Currently, Mexican same-sex marriages are allowed in Mexico City, the southern state of Oaxaca and the state of Quintana Roo, home to the resort city of Cancun. The northern state of Coahuila began allowing same-sex civil unions in 2007.