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MEXICO CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Following general debate, the legislature of Baja California — the Mexican state that borders California — has rejected a reform of the state constitution and laws that would allow for same-sex "marriage."
On July 16, the Baja California state legislature in Mexicali — by a vote of 15 to 3 with seven abstentions — rejected a bid by the deliberative body's Committee on Government, Legislation and Constitutional Issues that would have modified the state constitution, as well as aspects of the state code, at the behest of Movimiento Regeneración Nacional ("MORENA"), the socialist party currently led by Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The proposal was sent back to the committee for further deliberation.
In a message to Church Militant, Mexico's National Front for the Family praised the development, while saying that legislators heeded Mexicans' calls to address the "real need" of the state to shield traditional marriage, families and children.
Rodrigo Ivan Cortés, president of National Front for the Family, told Church Militant, "More and more organizations and people are getting together who respect the institution of marriage. We have seen that Baja California's legislature has defended it without fear." In a press release, Marcela Vaquera, who leads the pro-family organization in the state, declared, "We are grateful that the legislators heeded the voice of the people of Baja California to maintain Article 7 and promote fundamental human rights."
The Baja California Constitution currently declares, "The State recognizes and protects the institution of marriage as a right of society oriented towards guaranteeing and safeguarding the perpetuation of the species and mutual aid between the spouses, satisfying them the same only by means of the union of one man with one woman."
Vaquera noted, "As parents, we are grateful that the legislators listened because the legalization of so-called marriage equality would have been the start of actions that we believe would be unjust for our children, such as transgender lavatories in schools, activists teaching sexual 'diversity,' and transgender surgeries with no input from parents." While her organization declares that it respects different points of view, it holds that by protecting traditional marriage, the future for families and the State will be secured.
Baja California state legislator Miriam Elizabeth Cano Núñez introduced the proposal to modify the state constitution and civil code. She is a member of MORENA, which currently leads a coalition that controls both chambers of Mexico's national legislature along with the presidency. Following the vote on July 16, members of her party called on their opponents to set aside their religious beliefs and vote for "marriage equality."
In much the same way that it supports abortion, Mexico's national government under President López Obrador has vowed to promote the LGBTQ agenda in a country that remains profoundly Catholic. Last year, for instance, Mexico City's mayor announced that students in public schools may wear uniforms that conform to their "gender identity," regardless of their natural sex.
To mark "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia," Mexico's secretary for governance, Olga Sánchez Cordero, promised in May to see same-sex "marriage" extended to all 32 jurisdictions in the country. Mexico is divided into 31 states and the federal district of Mexico City.
A former justice on Mexico's highest court, Sánchez Cordero has also vowed to see abortion and marijuana legalized. She remarked in a videoconference, "In those states where it is not yet a reality, we will push for everyone to have the right to marry without discrimination. This is a legislative fight that is needed in half of the country, although we trust in the disposition of the governors, of the legislators, to give way to this challenge."
Currently, same-sex "marriage" is legal in Mexico City and in the states of Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo and San Luis Potosí. It is also found in certain municipalities in Guerrero, Querétaro and Zacatecas. Altogether, about 50% of Mexico's population lives in states and municipalities that allow same-sex "marriage."
There is legislation to change the laws on same-sex "marriage" pending in nearly all Mexican states. Courts in all states must approve marriage licenses for same-sex couples when petitioned to do so. Therefore, individual same-sex marriages have occurred in every state. Also, same-sex "marriages" performed within Mexico are recognized by the 31 states without exception, and fundamental spousal rights also apply to same-sex couples across the country.
In June 2015, Sánchez Cordero was in the majority on the Mexican Supreme Court that ruled that same-sex "marriage" bans are unconstitutional. The ruling is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" and, thus, did not invalidate state laws; rather, it standardized judicial procedures for Mexican courts to approve all applications for same-sex marriages at the federal level.
During her videoconference, Sánchez Cordero proclaimed several courses of action the Mexican government is taking to impose LGBTQ doctrine. The seven courses of action she wants to pursue, apart from same-sex "marriage" are as follows: