A new poll shows strong support for gay
marriage in Mexico City, but a majority of residents remain opposed
to gay adoption, the Mexico City-based Excelsior reported
Lawmakers in Mexico's capital and
largest city approved a gay marriage law over the objections of
conservatives in December. The law, a first for Latin America, is
expected to take effect in February. Previously, the city government
recognized gay couples with civil unions but banned gay adoption.
The paper is reporting that two recent
polls suggest there is strong support for gay marriage in the
One survey conducted by the pollster
BGC-Ulises Beltran found 46% of residents approve of gay marriage,
43% oppose it, while 11% were undecided. Narrower results were
reported by the firm GEA-ISA, which found 47% of residents favor gay
marriage and 46% oppose it; 7% did not know.
However, both polls agreed that there
is little support for gay adoption among city residents. Only 19% of
respondents in both polls favor granting gay and lesbian couples the
right to adopt children.
The conservative PAN party, which has
vowed to take the issue to the Supreme Court, sponsored both polls.
Church leaders in the largely Catholic nation have also decried the
law. Mexico's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Noberto Rivera
Carrera, has called the law “immoral” and “reprehensible.”