Mexico's Catholic Church: gay marriage worse than drug trafficking

Tue. August 17, 2010 3:08 PM by

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico has called gay marriage worse than drug trafficking, Mexico daily El Universal reported.

Lawmakers in Mexico City approved a gay marriage law in December over the strong objections of the church. City officials announced two weeks ago that 320 gay and lesbian couples have married since the law went into effect in March.

The country's conservative government challenged the law, arguing that it was detrimental to children.

But in three decisive back-to-back decisions, the country's Supreme Court sided with the city. A week after declaring the law to be constitutional, the court ruled that states must recognize the gay marriages performed in the capital.

On Monday, the court upheld the right of gay couples married in Mexico City to adopt children. Nine out of eleven justices agreed that outlawing gay couples from adoption would be discriminatory.

The court "did not take into account the common good of the child and considered the child like a dog or cat, without respect for its dignity," the church said.

The church called for the ouster of the government of Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

"He and his government have created laws destructive to the family, the laws do worse damage than drug trafficking," Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese, said. "Marcelo Ebrard and his party, the PRD, are determined to destroy us."

Over 26,000 Mexicans have died in drug trafficking-related incidents over the past six years.

Last Sunday, the cardinal of Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, accused Ebrard of bribing the court to rule in the city's favor.

Speaking in Aguascalientes, Iniguez said the court would not reach such an "absurd" conclusion unless it was motivated by a large sum of money.

"I do not know of any of you who would like to be adopted by a pair of lesbians or a pair of fags," he said. "I think not."

In response, Ebrard, 50, asked the church to prove its claim.

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