Mexican priests and laity enter capitol building to prevent approval of gay ‘marriage’

Seeing the protestors and priests, the president of the state congress said the topic would not be addressed at the session.
Fri Jun 26, 2015 - 4:46 pm EST
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June 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A dozen Catholic priests, accompanied by dozens more of the faithful, prevented the discussion of a bill to create homosexual “marriage” in the Mexican state of Chihuahua by their impassioned protest outside of the capitol building and their entrance into the congress itself to observe the proceedings, according to reports in the local and national press.

Following a prayer vigil the night before in the cathedral of the state capital, the protesters began to gather outside of the state congress and express their rejection of allowing debate over the legal recognition of homosexual unions as “marriages.” At 11:30 pm a group of about ten priests accompanied by laymen entered the congress itself to witness the proceedings, holding placards expressing support for the traditional family.

Seeing the protestors and the presence of the priests, the president of the state congress, Cesar Augusto Pacheco Hernandez, stated that the topic would not be addressed at the session, according to the local El Diario newspaper. The decision was met by cheers from the pro-family protesters.

The push to create homosexual “marriages” in the state is based on a recent Supreme Court interpretation of recent case law, declaring that state laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman or associating marriage with the generation of offspring are unconstitutional. 

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According to recent Supreme Court decisions, it is “discriminatory” to link “the requirements of marriage to sexual preferences,” as this “unjustifiably excludes homosexual couples -who are in similar conditions as heterosexual couples- from marriage,” the Court stated.  It added its claim that it is “unsuitable” to “consider that the purpose of marriage is procreation,” and affirmed that the “only constitutional purpose this decree acknowledges is the protection of family as a social reality.”

The clergy of the archdiocese of Chihuahua, however, do not agree.

“We are opposed to calling the union of two people of the same sex ‘marriage,’ said Miguel Ortega, a spokesman for the archdiocese. “God elevated the union of a man and a woman to the level of a sacrament by means of matrimony, and so a union between homosexuals cannot be called ‘marriage.’”

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