A congressional committee has voted against proceeding with a presidential proposal to legalise same-sex marriages throughout Mexico, reflecting a reticence among lawmakers to proceed on an issue against which Catholic and evangelical congregations have lobbied.
On 9th November, the Constitutional Points Committee in the lower house of Congress rejected the initiative, which would have changed the constitution to allow same-sex marriages in all of the country. Committee members argued it would violate the rights of states to set their own civil registry rules.
The National Front for the Family, the organiser of marches across the country against the president’s proposal, has delivered its own citizens’ initiative to the Senate, which would modify the constitution to limit marriage to heterosexual couples.
Eleven Mexican states currently allow same-sex couples to marry, though the supreme court established jurisprudence in 2015 permitting marriage for all couples, while not changing any state laws. Same-sex couples wanting to marry in many states must obtain an injunction – a routine, but burdensome process.
Picture: Mexico’s flag is seen after the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day in Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland, on 29th July. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).