Pope Francis comes to support the campaign against the Mexican government's desire to legalize marriage equality in the country.
In response to the protests of equal marriage opponents, supporters of LGBTQ rights marched around the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City with banners saying "I respect your family, respect mine."
Following an article written by the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico published on August 14, 2016 entitled "Gay marriage is a false right," Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, the current president of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, attacked the Catholic church urging it not to "trespass on land where it did not belong," ie not to participate in the debate on equal marriage, and even asked the Ministry of the Interior to punish the church for its uncompromising public stance.
While the Mexican Council of the Family is trying to gather the necessary number of signatures to try to change the definition of marriage in the constitution of Mexico and while a new poll shows that equal marriage is now supported by 69% of the Mexican people, the government prepares to debate legalizing marriage for same-sex couples across the country.
Like in the United States, LGBT couples and their lawyers have challenged equal marriage bans first in their states before their cases are sent to the Supreme Court of Mexico which has just recognized them as unconstitutional. This decision had the effect of legalizing marriage equality in the country!
There's a lot going on in Mexico! In this country where to be LGBT is still too taboo and dangerous, where there are more and more states which approved marriage equality, thanks to judges, and where in 2010, marriages of same-sex people were recognize in the whole country, a new advance has just taken place.