The governor of the Mexican state of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, has apologized for saying that gay marriage is “gross,” El Informador reported.

Speaking at a forum on family in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Gonzalez Marquez said: “Marriage is a man and a woman … the other [gay marriage], as they say, still grosses me out.”

On Thursday, the president of the Human Rights Commission, Felipe de Jesus Alvarez Cibrian, said that Gonzalez Marquez had apologized for the remark in a letter addressed to the commission. The governor said he did not mean to offend anyone.

Gonzalez Marquez, a member of the nation's conservative National Action Party (PAN), was among the governors who, along with the country's attorney general, filed a challenge to Mexico City's groundbreaking gay marriage law, arguing that it was detrimental to children. The nation's highest court, however, found the law – and its provision that allows gay couples to adopt – to be constitutional, and ruled that all states must recognize the gay marriages performed in the capital.

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Guadalajara who shares a close relationship with the governor, was among the dignitaries present to hear Gonzalez Marquez's speech.

The Roman Catholic Church harshly criticized the law, but Sandoval Iniguez created a firestorm of controversy when he used the word “fags” in accusing Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of bribing the court to rule in the city's favor.

Speaking in Aguascalientes, Sandoval Iniguez said the court would not have 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.”

Ebrard responded by filing a defamation suit against Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez.