[Marxism] Gay unions legalized for first time in Mexico
Jeffrey Thomas Piercy, El Pato Comunista
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Fri Nov 10 14:26:59 MST 2006
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City approved homosexual civil unions on
Thursday, legalizing gay partnerships for the first time in the world's
second-largest Roman Catholic nation.
The capital's municipal assembly, controlled by left-wing legislators,
voted for the measure 43-17 as hundreds of rival protesters demonstrated
noisily outside the building.
The move paves the way for same-sex civil unions in the city of 8.6
million people early next year.
The local congress in the northern state of Coahuila, bordering Texas,
began debating a similar plan to legalize gay unions this week.
"These reforms are going to cause a snowball effect that no one will be
able to stop," said David Sanchez of the left-wing Party of the
Democratic Revolution, one of the few openly gay national congressmen.
The measures in Mexico City and Coahuila are modelled on France's civil
code and provides property, pension, inheritance and even co-parenting
rights. But they stop short of allowing full marriage or adoption of
Outside the assembly hall, gay activists with rainbow-color flags and
Christian opponents of the law exchanged barbs.
"It's anti-natural. They are descending into something that is against
humanity. Societies have always fallen into decadence when there has
been homosexuality and disruption in the family," said protester
Authorities in Mexico's powerful Catholic Church have condemned gay
union. Some 90 percent of Mexico 107 million people are Catholics and
conservative evangelical groups are also winning adherents. Only Brazil
has more Catholics.
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