BY DAVID AGREN IN MEXICO CITY
CARDINAL NORBERTO Rivera Carrera of Mexico City has denounced a Mexican Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a same-sex marriage law in the nation’s capital as an “aberrant judgment”.
The Church “cannot stop calling evil, ‘evil’,” he said after his homily in the city’s metropolitan cathedral.
“The absurd approval of this law that can be legal, but never moral, allows us to be conscious of the unequalled value of family... and is an opportunity to continue raising our prayers to God for our leaders,” he said.
“Even though we are called to be respectful of the civil laws, we have a moral duty to not make vain God’s commandments and avoid falling into permissiveness that damages the fundamental principles of our faith and the precious value of family.” Other Catholic leaders outside Mexico City also criticised the ruling.
Fr Raul Villegas, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Leon, said: “We strongly condemn the approval of civil weddings between men and women of the same gender, and we make a call to faithful Catholics so that... what’s civil doesn’t dominate what’s moral.” The court ruled 8-2 against a constitutional challenge launched by the attorney general’s office. Some of the judges supporting the law said states were free to write their own marriage rules – a similar reasoning they used to uphold a 2007 law decriminalising abortion in Mexico City. Other judges spoke of promoting equality and said the constitution did not specifically define family.
The court convened again this week when it was expected to debate the constitutionality of same-sex couples adopting children and if other states must recognise the legality of gay marriages performed in Mexico City.
The National Pro-Life Committee, Pro-Vida, held a small protest outside the court in anticipation of the deliberations. “The fear is that this court decision is going to impact all of the country,” ProVida director Jorge Serrano Limon said.
David Razu, sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill, said that Mexico City is generally more Left-leaning in social matters than the rest of the county and that other states would follow suit over the coming decade.
Polls taken in Mexico City at the time of the bill’s approval in December showed the public split 50-50 on gay marriages and generally not in favour of same-sex couples adopting children. Mr Razu accused detractors of the same-sex marriage law of focusing their protests on discomfort with the adoption issue.