Saturday, August 28, 2010
Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico
The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled 9-2 that same-sex marriages performed in Mexico City had to be recognized as marriages by all 31 states of Mexico. The following week, the Mexican Supreme Court also upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.
The ruling in the same-sex marriage case prompted the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, to allege that the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, had somehow bribed members of the Mexican Supreme Court to convince them to rule in favor of gay marriage.
The Mayor of Mexico City responded to the Archbishop's allegations by suing him for defamation. The mayor also sued the Archbishop's spokesman, Hugo Valdemar. The suit requires the Archbishop to produce evidence that the Mayor bribed the country's Supreme Court or to admit that the Archbishop lied and to apologize. Upon filing the suit, the mayor was quoted as telling the Archbishop that "You live in a secular state" and that the government "does not serve a particular religious or philosophical doctrine but has been established to serve the public interest."