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20:05 | 23rd September 2017

News: World

Fri 5 Mar, 2010
By Danielle Carter


"It's an institution for a man and woman for mutual help and procreation, those are the two reasons to marry, that's what our laws say and our constitution."

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Right wing angry with Mexico City gay laws

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A new law, considered by some to be a landmark decision, which has given Mexico City's gay community the right to marry, has angered the country's ruling political party.

Since the leftist government of Mexico City voted in the law in December, it has proved divisive, with the nation's ruling political party, PAN, heading the opposition.

Mariana Gomez del Campo, PAN's co-ordinator in the national legislative assembly, says marriage should be reserved exclusively for heterosexual couples.

"It's an institution for a man and woman for mutual help and procreation, those are the two reasons to marry, that's what our laws say and our constitution."



The fact that the law will give gay couples all the legal benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy and the right to adopt children has proved particularly controversial.

The Catholic church has entered the fray, with Norberto Rivera, a leading Mexican cleric, arguing that the law violates the rights of children.

"The government should be the first to respect the need for children to have a father and a mother," he says.

The official Catholic newspaper of Mexico City, Desde La Fe or From the Faith, calls the law "immoral, unacceptable and reprehensible".

Jose Martín Rabago, the archbishop of the central state of Leon, goes further, questioning whether recent natural disasters in the country are a divine response to "legal initiatives which affect the base of society; the family".

 

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