Thousands of people on Saturday turned out to demonstrate against a recent ruling by Mexico's highest court that effectively allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The ruling, handed down last month, declares state bans unconstitutional but falls short of striking them down. However, district judges are now obligated to grant injunctions to gay couples who are denied a marriage license.

(Related: Mexico Supreme Court strikes gay marriage bans; Chihuahua joins equality states.)

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, chanting slogans such as “We want children with mom and dad” and “A united family will not be defeated.”

The march was organized by the 230-member coalition “Jalisco is one for the children” and endorsed by Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Guadalajara.

“The intention is to celebrate four things: yes to marriage between man and woman, the right of children to have mom and dad, the right of parents to educate their children and yes to life from birth to natural death,” Luis Antonio Martinez, a member of the organizing committee, told EFE.

Brenda Del Rio, a volunteer, condemned the court's decision.

“[O]nly four judges behind closed doors decided for 120 million people,” Del Rio said, calling the ruling an “outrage” that should be reversed because it goes “against what nature provides.”

The march was capped off by a mariachi concert.