Gay Marriage Upheld by Mexican Court

Bigoted high-ranked priests unleash the wrath

 

Gay marriageThis year, Mexico City became the first capital in mainly Catholic Latin America to pass a law allowing gay couples the same marriage and adoption rights as heterosexuals.

 

In a landmark case, this law has been upheld by the Mexican supreme court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación).  The court has also ruled that such marriages are legitimate and must be recognized in all the states of the Mexican republic.

 

The court’s ruling has provoked reactions of hate, anger, ignorance and intolerance by the highest Catholic authorities, like archbishop Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, who has accused the court’s ministers of receiving money from Mexico City mayor, Marcelo Ebrard.  As a result, mayor Ebrard has filed a civil claim against the priest’s (so far) groundless allegations.

 

Cartoon by "Fisgón" @ La Jornada newspaper

Mexico City legalised gay marriage in the last months of 2009.  Last November, a Buenos Aires, Argentina, court ruled that two articles in the city’s civil code that say only a man and woman can be married are illegal, paving the way for gay marriages. The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, announced that his administration would not appeal the decision, clearing the way for the gay couple who took the issue to court.

 

Activists see the Mexican supreme court rulings as part of a sea change in attitudes towards homosexuality in much of traditionally “macho” Latin America.

 

August 18th, 2010.

 

TRC

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Congratulations to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Latin America.

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