Same-sex marriage Mexico
Victor (L) and Fernando (R) first tried to get married in November last year but the ceremony was cancelled due to a bomb scare. This year, the ceremony could be not performed as a counsellor claimed that the pair "suffer from madness" and therefore could not get married. Youtube screenshot

A gay couple in Mexico were forced to stop their wedding after a counsellor claimed they were "insane".

The incident occurred in Baja California state, where the two men, Víctor Manuel Aguirre and Víctor Fernando Urias, were about to become the first homosexual couple to tie the knot.

The pair originally planned their wedding to take place in November 2014, but were forced to cancel following a bomb scare at the city hall, Pink News reported.

The two men tried again to get married with the backing of the Mexican Supreme Court.

This time, however, the ceremony was stopped after a counsellor claimed that the pair "suffer from madness" and therefore could not get married.

The comment was made by the president of the Coalition of Baja California Families, Angelica Guadalupe Gonzalez Sanchez, who provides compulsory pre-marital talks to couples having civil wedding ceremonies. She refused to certify the pair, according to reports.

The men's attorney accused also the Mayor Jaime Díaz Ochoa of deliberately holding up the process with red tape.

Mexico City became the first jurisdiction in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage in 2009. The Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Baja California followed, and Coahuila is also in the process of voting in favour of a bill legalising same-sex marriage and gay adoption.

Same sex acts were decriminalised in Mexico in 1871.

The recognition of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights has expanded in recent years and gay Mexicans are also protected by anti-discrimination laws promulgated in 2003.