November 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Mexican lawmakers reject same-sex marriage proposal

Mexico City, gay news, Washington Blade

Opponents of marriage rights for same-sex couples march in Mexico City on Sept. 24, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Ricardo Baruch)

Mexican lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country.

Members of a Chamber of Deputies committee rejected President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal by a 19-8 vote margin. El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, reported one committee member abstained.

The vote took place nearly five months after Peña Nieto proposed the constitutional amendment.

Tens of thousands of opponents of marriage rights for same-sex couples marched through Mexico City in September. LGBT rights advocates staged a counter-protest at the iconic Angel of Independence Movement in the Mexican capital.

The National Front for the Family, which organized the marches against same-sex marriage, welcomed Wednesday’s vote.

“The deputies’ votes constitutes a historic decision in the country,” it said in a statement.

Gays and lesbians can legally marry in Mexico City and in several states across the country.

The Mexican Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage are “discriminatory.”

A 2015 ruling said a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting children in the state of Campeche is unconstitutional. The Mexican Supreme Court in September formally published the ruling that sets a legal precedent for the issue across the country.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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