Thousands of people flooded the streets of Mexico City in a protest against marriage equality.
This protest was conducted by tens of thousands of people who were protesting against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed amendment which would legalise marriage equality across the nation.
According to the Mayor’s office, 80,000 people took part in the protest, but the organisers – National Front for the Family – claimed there were 250,000 people present.
At the moment, 10 Mexican states have marriage equality in place but there is no blanket recognition of these marriages elsewhere in the country. So, anyone who has a same-sex marriage in another state must sue in order to be recognised.
The ultra conservative National Front for the Family also have a petition against the proposal from President Nieto, which has been signed by over 100,000 people. These signatures will be used for a ‘citizen initiatives’ proposal, which is aiming to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Despite this, the NFF are claiming they are not against LGBT rights, they are arguing that Mexico has fallen victim to an ideological battle that threatens family values and the institution of marriage. Which, in all honesty, is just “we don’t like gay marriage” dressed up in a suit and tie.
However, it’s not all bad news, as several pro-LGBT activists also showed up at the march to show their support for the proposals from the President.
Some of them carried banners that read: “I’m gay and I’m a Catholic” and, “We also have families”.