In the battle of Mexico City’s government versus the Roman Catholic clergy, on the issue of same-sex marriage… the victors are… the government!
It’s about time.
The Mexican capital’s legislative assembly overwhelmingly voted in mid-December to legalize gay marriage and agreed by a lesser margin to allow the same-sex betrothed to adopt. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, a leader of the same left-leaning party that dominates the assembly, is expected to sign the initiatives into law later this month allowing them to take effect in March.
The discord uncovers deep scars of a 150-year-old contest between a once all-powerful Roman Catholic Church — in a country where as much as 90 percent of the people are baptized Catholics — and the steadfastly secular politicians who want its reach hobbled.
It’s not that the Catholics have lost, per se. They don’t have to allow gay marriages within their churches. They don’t have to recognize those marriages as acceptable. They can continue to be bigots all they want.
Meanwhile, the rest of the city — including progressive Catholics — are moving in the direction of equality for all, and that’s a great thing. No one else has to abide by a damn thing they say and no one has to believe what they want others to believe.
(Thanks to Duke for the link!)