Mexico's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to "amend social security rules to include medical and social benefits for same-sex couples," the AP reports. Tuesday's vote was 232 in favor and 58 against. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate.
The vote comes amid growing national debate on gay rights and marriage equality in Mexico. The December 2009 marriage equality law passed by Mexico City's Legislative Assembly took effect in March 2010 and was the first of its kind in Latin America. Since marriage equality was legalized in the capital, more than 400 same-sex marriages have been registered. The Supreme Court has overwhelmingly ruled that all of Mexico's 31 states must recognize Mexico City's same-sex marriages and gay adoptions.