The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Mexico has called gay marriage worse than drug trafficking, Mexico
daily El Universal reported.
Lawmakers in Mexico City approved a gay
marriage law in December over the strong objections of the church.
City officials announced two weeks ago that 320 gay and lesbian
couples have married since the law went into effect in March.
The country's conservative government
challenged the law, arguing that it was detrimental to children.
But in three decisive back-to-back
decisions, the country's Supreme Court sided with the city. A week
after declaring the law to be constitutional, the court ruled that
states must recognize the gay marriages performed in the capital.
On Monday, the
court upheld the right of gay couples married in Mexico City to adopt
children. Nine out of eleven justices agreed that outlawing gay
couples from adoption would be discriminatory.
The court “did not take into account
the common good of the child and considered the child like a dog or
cat, without respect for its dignity,” the church said.
The church called for the ouster of the
government of Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
“He and his government have created
laws destructive to the family, the laws do worse damage than drug
trafficking,” Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese, said.
“Marcelo Ebrard and his party, the PRD, are determined to destroy
Over 26,000 Mexicans have died in drug
trafficking-related incidents over the past six years.
Last Sunday, the cardinal of
Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, accused Ebrard of bribing the
court to rule in the city's favor.
Speaking in Aguascalientes, Iniguez
said the court would not reach such an “absurd” conclusion unless
it was motivated by a large sum of money.
“I do not know of any of you who
would like to be adopted by a pair of lesbians or a pair of fags,”
he said. “I think not.”
In response, Ebrard, 50, asked the
church to prove its claim.