Following a recommendation by the National Commission on Human Rights, the Mexico City jail system has begun to allow conjugal visits for gay prisoners. The commission had suggested that the restriction of such visits was discriminatory.
Authorities were prompted by a complaint from a man who said he was not allowed to visit his partner in a prison in the eastern part of the city because they were homosexuals. Many Mexican jails allow prisoners conjugal visits, and most do not require that the visitor be legally married to the partner.
Recently, the center-left-leaning leadership of Mexico City has undertaken some controversial decisions, like the legalization of same-sex marriage and abortion, and galvanized opponents led by the Catholic Church.