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WORLD IN BRIEF: Mexican court upholds gay marriage law

Mexican court upholds gay marriage law

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family.

The justices' 8-2 ruling handed a legal victory to hundreds of same-sex couples who have been married in Mexico's capital since the groundbreaking law took effect March 4. It was the first such legislation in Latin America when it was approved six months ago.

''We are very happy,'' said Mexico City lawyer Leticia Bonifaz, who argued the capital's case. ''It fell to us to carry to a conclusion a struggle that has taken a long time.''

Justices who voted on the majority side stressed that while Mexico's constitution enshrines protection for families, it does not define what a ''family'' is.

Hiroshima holds A-bomb memorial

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Hiroshima is holding a memorial to mark the 65th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the U.S. and other major nuclear powers attending for the first time.

This year's memorial, which began with the offering of water to the dead, is being attended by representatives of the U.S., Britain, France and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Altogether, 75 countries are represented.

About 140,000 people were killed or died within months when the American B-29 ''Enola Gay'' bombed Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Three days later, about 80,000 people died after the United States attacked Nagasaki.

Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II.

NZ gambler trumped by own casino ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A man who won 60,000 New Zealand dollars ($44,000) playing poker at an Auckland casino was refused the jackpot because he had banned himself from the premises for gambling too much, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Sothea Sinn, 28, won the prize playing Caribbean stud poker at Auckland's Skycity Casino on Wednesday but casino staff refused to pay, saying he was banned at his own request, The Dominion-Post newspaper reported.