Monday, March 05, 2007

Viva Mexico!

Score another point for Mexico, another state has now legalized civil unions for same-sex couples. In even more un-American, un-wingnut, non-fanatical style the Catholic church in Saltillo is not even batting an eye.

Bishop Raúl Vera, who heads the Catholic Diocese of Saltillo, has declined to condemn the law.

While Vera insists that “two women or two men cannot get married,” he also sees gays as a vulnerable minority.

“We cannot be arch-conservatives and say, 'Don't do that,' ” Vera said. “Today we live in a society that is composed in a different way. There are people who do not want to marry under the law or in the church. They need legal protection. I should not abandon these people.”

I'll save the commentary because Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos already has it.


RJ Adams said...

Thank God for sanity - somewhere!

BadTux said...

You know what this means, don't you? It means that their society will collapse. Just like Canada. Whose economy, in the years that they passed gay marriage is, err... not collapsing? Why, I understand that in Canada they'll even be eating each other in the rubble of their cities this year! Oh the humanity!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

the WIZARD, fkap said...

Even though it's just the small rural state of Coahuila and even though it's just Civil Unions (not gay marriage), it is a very welcome step in the right direction!

By the way, Coahuila borders on Texas..... I wonder if we'll see Texan gays going across the border to take advantage of the law?

Not Your Mama said...

Badtux: scary image. Naked, woolly sock-wearing people covered in piss and eating each other. Sounds more like Iowa really. Could even be Nevada except we don't wear the woolly socks and we'd be carrying a sidearm.

even though it's just Civil Unions (not gay marriage)

I can't speak for anyone else, certainly not for gay people but personally I could give a shite about "marriage". I'd just as soon have a "civil union" with my husband myself. If "marriage" is a religious institution then I'd opt to not participate. I'm only interested in the legal rights and protections and civil union would do just fine.

Featheriver said...

Who would have thought it could occur in Mexico with the dominant Catholic Church.

"Marriage, marriage, we don't need no stinkin' marriage."

BadTux said...

Featheriver, Mexico under the PRI was quick to put down the Catholic Church whenever the Catholic Church tried to get involved in politics. As a result, the Church in Mexico knows its place -- which most resolutely is *not* in politics. Indeed, it was completely illegal for clerics to even talk about politics under the Mexican Constitution of 1917, priests could go to jail if they, say, got on national television and denounced a presidential candidate as being "insufficiently Catholic" (Bill Donahue, are you listening?!).

So the funny thing about Mexico is that even though it is predominantly Catholic and religion plays an important part in daily life, it plays almost no part at all in political life. Contrast that with the United States, which has no single dominant religion yet where all Presidential candidates find it expedient to make some sort of expression of religious faith or else be deemed "unviable"...