Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa insists his administration did not block Baja California's first gay wedding out of animus.

Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, thought that they were cleared to marry on Saturday after more than 21 months of legal wrangling and two failed attempts. Together more than 10 years, the men challenged the Mexican state's restrictive marriage ban. But despite a ruling in their favor from Mexico's Supreme Court, officials in Baja California's state capital continue to resist.

Arriving Saturday at Mexicali City Hall, the couple was greeted by protesters wearing blue face masks.

The building was locked down and a top city official told the men that the wedding had been canceled due to a complaint that the men “suffer from madness,” The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Their accuser was Guadalupe Gonzalez Sanchez, who along with her husband conducts mandatory pre-marital talks for the city. Sanchez is also the president of the conservative Coalition of Baja California Families.

Gonzalez filed a complaint accusing the men of being “aggressive and impertinent” on Thursday after she refused to certify their attendance. She also claimed that the men attempted to fool her by attending the talk accompanied by a woman.

Diaz insisted he was not homophobic, telling reporters that the wedding did not happen because there are “legal differences” to be resolved.

The men have vowed to keep trying.