Legislators, most from the ruling PRI party, defeated a constitutional amendment Wednesday proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto that would have made same-sex marriage and adoption legal in Mexico.
From teleSUR English:
On Wednesday, a lower house committee voted down a proposed amendment to enshrine same-sex marriage and adoption rights in Mexico’s constitution.
In a blow to LGBT rights in Mexico, on Wednesday the Commission on Constitutional Matters rejected President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to enshrine same-sex marriage and adoption rights in the country´s constitution.
The amendment was defeated by a vote of 19 against and eight for, with one abstention, after a two-hour debate, with the majority of the President´s PRI party members voting against the measure calling it “divisive.”
While Mexico’s Supreme Court declared last year that same-sex marriage was legal under the constitution, the ruling did not enshrine the right in law. Same-sex marriage and adoption are legally recognized in three districts in Mexico – including Mexico City – though the majority of same-sex couples in the country must formally sue to have their right to marry or adopt recognized by the courts.
PRI deputy Benjamin Medrano, who was Mexico’s first openly gay elected mayor, voted against the rest of his party members and in favor of the amendment, declaring, “I am a PRI (member), but today, with all the responsibility that leads my personal life, because I am homosexual, I could not be against something that has been fought for by my community, the gay community, to have these rights.”