Despite Catholic Majority, Mexican President Seeks to Legalize Gay Marriage

Despite Catholic Majority, Mexican President Seeks to Legalize Gay Marriage

[The Francis non-effect on the Mexican Prez – despite His Holiness’ February 2016 visit]

[Pope Francis cavorting with President Enrique Pena Neito]

Cortney O’Brien | Posted: May 18, 2016

When President Enrique Pena Neito’s Twitter account changed to include the colors of the rainbow, it indicated that Mexico is headed for gay marriage legalization. His social media account changed as he was speaking at an International Day Against Homophobia event.

Pena Nieto said he wants to change Article 4 of the constitution to clearly reflect the Supreme Court opinion “to recognize as a human right that people can enter into marriage without any kind of discrimination.”

“That is, for marriages to be carried out without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or nationality, of disabilities, of social or health conditions, of religion, of gender or sexual preference,” he added.

Neito needs two-thirds of Congress to vote to amend the constitution for gay marriage to move forward.

Can his initiative succeed in a country that is majority Catholic? Yes, argues Andrew Chesnut, chairman of Catholic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Although 80 percent of Mexicans identify as Catholic, the church’s political influence is “eroding,” he says. No more than 20 percent practice the faith.

Similarly, in America, where same-sex marriage was legalized after the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision last July, the majority of citizens still identify as Christian, yet religion appears to be on the decline.

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One comment on “Despite Catholic Majority, Mexican President Seeks to Legalize Gay Marriage

  1. Mexico is becoming less and less Catholic every day. What the cruel persecution of the first third oh last Century’s could not accomplish, Vatican II did in fifty years. That we are not in such a bad situation as Spain or other Hispanic countries, thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe, does not mean we are not in a terrible poor condition to be capable to counter this initiative, as Poland and other East European countries have done. Aside from the fact that we have become too coward and pusillanimous to mobilize an effective opposition to the initiative, those who ultimately will approve it respond more to the exigencies of their parties and the masonic lodges that placed them in their privileged position, than to the people they supposedly represent. Additionally, we don’t expect any help from the Pope .

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