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Tolerance Prevails in Mexico City

La Opinin, Posted: Mar 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Editors of La Opinin write that tolerance prevailed over fear when Mexico City approved gay marriage last week. The first civil ceremonies are scheduled to take place next Thursday. "The right of individuals to be treated as equals before the law was more powerful than the resentment of those who are different," according to an editorial in the Spanish-language daily. The legal concept of marriage includes rights relating to social security and other governmental agencies, editors write. "This is an issue of justice and equity."

Opponents of the law, including Mexican President Calderns administration and several governors of the National Action Party (PAN), are using the "hackneyed, false argument of defense of the family," editors write, "as if heterosexual marriage and the family were in some sort of danger."

"The issue of gay marriage is still surrounded by prejudice and intolerance," editors write. "The decision to legally recognize gay unions in Mexico City is a belated step forward in protecting the rights of a sector of the population and opens a healthy national debate on tolerance."

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