In the battle of Mexico City’s government versus the Roman Catholic clergy, on the issue of same-sex marriage… the victors are… the government!
It’s about time.
The Mexican capital’s legislative assembly overwhelmingly voted in mid-December to legalize gay marriage and agreed by a lesser margin to allow the same-sex betrothed to adopt. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, a leader of the same left-leaning party that dominates the assembly, is expected to sign the initiatives into law later this month allowing them to take effect in March.
The discord uncovers deep scars of a 150-year-old contest between a once all-powerful Roman Catholic Church — in a country where as much as 90 percent of the people are baptized Catholics — and the steadfastly secular politicians who want its reach hobbled.
Meanwhile, the rest of the city — including progressive Catholics — are moving in the direction of equality for all, and that’s a great thing. No one else has to abide by a damn thing they say and no one has to believe what they want others to believe.
(Thanks to Duke for the link!)