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Jalisco’s right rages as governor approves equality bill

November 7, 2013

Governor Arsistoteles Sandoval signed Jalisco’s Ley de Libre Convivencia into law last Friday, just hours after the State Congress had passed the bill the night before.

Having now been published in the Official Journal of Jalisco, the civil rights legislation will take effect after 60 days on January 1, 2014. Opponents of the bill called in vain for Sandoval to veto its passage late last Thursday, but the governor maintained his support for the initiative introduced by his party, the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

The law enhances same-sex couples’ rights to inheritance and social security by allowing two or more adults to enter into a notarized civil contract. However, this is not legally considered a marriage and the bill explicitly states that it does not permit same-sex couples to adopt children.

Nonetheless, local conservative groups fear that it paves the way for such developments. During Sunday Mass, the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, warned the Catholic community to remain alert and keep defending the sanctity of marriage, because “we know this isn’t going to stop here. There are groups that will continue to be active upon seeing that they did not get everything they proposed.”

Meanwhile, local Senator Guillermo Martinez Mora of the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) reacted to the bill’s passage with a rabid, unsubstantiated rant, claiming that “children living with homosexuals have mental and physical problems and use more drugs. This initiative is detrimental to the development of children.”

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