The head of Merida’s Civil Registry, Juan Collí Pinto, announced that hundreds of couples will be formalizing their union in a collective wedding that will take place on December 2, at the Yucatán Fair in X’Matkuil.
In an interview, the official stated that these are couples who have lived together for several years, so, in order to prevent their rights from being violated, they are allowed to get married for free in this event.
“We closed with 550 couples from 65 municipalities across the state, including Mérida. The oldest couple is over 80 years old, until now, we are still reviewing papers. We also have registrations for same-sex marriages. So, we are going to have a diversity of people with whom they are interested; including young couples,” he explained.
It was reported that the number of couples who will get married in 2023 exceeded that recorded in the collective wedding held last year when 508 formalized their union.
He stressed that, when couples do not marry, they see credit, inheritance, or social security rights diminished, since cohabitation, although it is contemplated in the law, usually complicates the accreditation of certain issues to exercise the rights to which they should have access.
He mentioned that marriage continues to be a deep-rooted practice in Yucatán, which generated about 6,000 unions in 2022, most of these towards the end of the year.
“In November and until February, marriages increase greatly. 40% of weddings take place on those dates, practically, 25% of the year, why, because of the weather. That is why we have extended our working hours at the Civil Registry, and we open on Saturday now,” he continued.
Finally, Merida’s Civil Registry, Juan Collí Pinto pointed out that Saturday marriages are carried out, for now, in the official offices of Villapalmira, center, and Siglo XXI, where a high demand has been generated, celebrating up to 12 weddings in a single day.