Opponents of a gay marriage bill in
Mexico City approved Monday by legislators say giving gay couples the
right to adopt is going too far, the Informador reported.
The gay marriage bill – approved on a
39 to 20 vote that included five abstentions – is expected to be
signed by Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the progressive Democratic
Revolution Party (Partido de la Revolution Democratica, PRD). The
bill only effects Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities with
nearly 9 million residents.
Members of the conservative National
Action Party (Partido Accion Nacional, PAN) have vowed to appeal to
the country's Supreme Court and urged Ebrard to veto the legislation.
Mariana Gozmez del Campo, who heads the
PAN in Mexico City, said members of the PRD violated the rights of
minors by allowing gay couples to adopt.
The Roman Catholic Church also took a
hard line position, calling the bill an “immoral law.”
The Archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal
Norberto Rivera Carrera, said gay adoption was “unacceptable and
reprehensible” because such an upbringing would subject children to
“Our children and youth are at grave
risk, seeing as normal such unions, and may mistakenly understand
that sex differences are simply a personality type, therefore failing
to appreciate the duality of human sexuality, which is a condition of
procreation and therefore, conservation and development of mankind,”
he told the paper.
Latin America's first gay wedding was
about to make history on December 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina after
a judge's ruling paved the way for two men to marry, but a national
judge ordered a halt to the ceremony at the last moment. Argentina's
top court has agreed to hear the case.
Mexico City is among a handful of
cities in Latin American that recognize gay couples with civil
unions, but only Uruguay has legalized such unions.
If approved, gay wedding bells might
ring in the city as early February.