March 4, Mexico City will became the first capital city in Latin America to
have legal same-sex marriages and adoptions.
for Mexicans, how this ever happened is difficult to understand. You would
think that this deeply religious country would take a dim view of
homosexuality. According to the last official census, more than 93 percent of Mexicans
are Christian: 87.9 percent Catholic, and 5.2 percent Protestant. Since
same-sex marriage was only approved in the capital, the local religious
situation might be different there. But it is not: 94 percent there are
why did the Mexico City legislature vote 39-20 on December 21 to change the
definition of marriage from “a free union between a man and a woman”
to “a free union between two people”?
the new law is popular amongst voters? Not so. According to surveys conducted
by El País, a Spanish newspaper, over 41 percent of Mexicans are against it (39
percent in favour) and, notably, 67 percent oppose gay adoption, the majority
of them because they think it would be “a danger to society”. A
survey conducted by the National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN) shows
even more impressive figures: 53 percent against gay marriage.
neither religion nor popularity explains the new law. Does it need legal
protection? This doesn´t seem to be the case either. The legal figure of
“Coexistence Societies” that regulates and protects homosexual unions
— without granting them the status of marriage—has existed since 2007.
This law protects homosexuals against discrimination and establishes a clear
inheritance rights and health protection.
what does explain it?
plot becomes clearer when we review some recent cultural changes, which have
found an amazing momentum thanks to the arrival to the power of the Party of
the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), a party
with clearly Marxist roots. Mexican Marxism dates to the early years of the
last century, when it was nurtured by the party in power, the Institutional
Revolution Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI). Many years later a
party split created the PRD, which was situated further to the left and came to
power in Mexico City in 1997.
of the most effective methods of the Marxism and its offspring –like radical
feminism and LGTB movements — is, and always has been, the destruction of
language. As George Orwell presents in crude form in his iconic novel 1984 and Rafael Gamba explains in his
book A Simple History of Philosophy,
“his main weapon is linguistics (normative grammar) that penetrates the
colloquial language, altering the meaning of words and their emotional
connotations, to create in the speaker a new spiritual attitude. If you change
the values, you change the idea and a different culture is born.”
truth of this is evident. Many words have practically disappeared or have
radically changed in meaning. Abortion is now called “interruption of
pregnancy”; promiscuity “sexual
health”; the human foetus, “a product of conception”. The word
“mistress” or “lover” has been replaced by the innocuous
word “partner”, and “couple” has replaced “spouses”. This
is little more than latter-day Orwellian double-speak. Words are being stripped
of their moral content or replaced by ones that are guilt-free.
stake in same-sex marriage are the concepts of “family” and “matrimony”,
which have traditionally been linked to the union of a man and a woman with their
children. By deploying positive notions like “human rights”,
“equality”, “modernity” and “freedom” and skilfully
using epithets like “discriminatory”, “intolerant”, “far
right” and even “medieval” against opponents, left-wing groups won the war
of public relations.
legal war is still being fought, however. The Supreme Court will be very busy
with legal actions seeking to overturn the new law. These are based mainly on
the constitutional principle of protection for the family and children’s right to
well-being. Same-sex adoption will be strongly opposed.
problem of the sovereignty of States is also relevant, since in Mexico all
states are obliged to recognise civil status acquired under the laws of any
other State. Hence, those who so wish can get married in Mexico City, and then
return to their place of origin, where they will have to be recognized and
respected in their new circumstances.
fact that Mexico is the first capital of Latin America to adopt same-sex marriage
is not trivial. It has immense cultural influence in Central and South America.
The powerful Mexican media conglomerates will export the new doublespeak further
south through their popular telenovelas (soap-operas). This leads to fears that the obsession of a few left-wingers could
eventually transform an entire continent.
file is not closed on same-sex marriage. Various citizens’ movements are beginning
to tackle a cultural assault which they compare to the invasion of the Roman
Empire by Attila the Huns. Mexicans
have always cherished family life and the institution of the family. But
the time for talking the talk is over. They’ll have to walk the walk.
Garcia Pimentel Ruiz studied law in the Panamerican University in Guadalajara,
México and regularly comments on politics and ethics in the media. He is currently studying an MA in
Global and Comparative Politics in the University of Essex in the United
Kingdom. Special thanks to Maria McCarthy for her assistance.