Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has
filed suit against a cardinal who claims Ebrard bought a Supreme
Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, the Spanish news agency EFE
Ebrard filed his suit Wednesday after
Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez accused Ebrard and his
government of bribing the court to rule in favor of a gay marriage
law approved by Mexico City lawmakers in December.
The city previously recognized gay and
lesbian couples with civil unions and banned the right of gay couples
to adopt children.
Mexico's federal government, which is
ruled by the conservative PAN party, challenged the law on the
grounds 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
all of Mexico's 32 jurisdictions must recognize the gay marriages
performed in the capital.
The court also upheld the law's gay
Speaking at a press conference in
Aguascalientes the day before the court issued its final ruling,
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.”
The fifty-year-old mayor immediately
asked the church to apologize or prove its claim. The church
refused, and added that it had proof the justices were bribed by
government officials and international rights groups.
“Let me remind the cardinal, the
prelates and the spokesman who have been insulting, discrediting and
threatening the Mexico City government and the SCJN (Supreme Court)
that we live a secular state,” Ebrard said after filing his suit.
“The cardinal must submit to the law of the land, like all other
citizens of this country.”
Also named in the complaint is Hugo
Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, who said the
court's decision ruling in favor of gay adoption “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.”
Valdemar also called for the ouster of
“He and his government have created
laws destructive to the family, the laws do worse damage than drug
trafficking,” he said. “Marcelo Ebrard and his party, the PRD,
are determined to destroy us.”
In a “vote of censure,” the Supreme
Court unanimously denounced the cardinal's statements.