Colima state lawmaker Rafael Mendoza said mothers came to him with complaints after a wedding took place between a U.S. man and a Mexican man in the main plaza of the city of Cuauhtemoc.
He said Tuesday that society is not ready to watch gay weddings, saying the mothers didn’t know what to tell their kids when the two men dressed in charro suits kissed.
“Parents are coming to me, to my house, to tell me they are against the city carrying out these weddings in public,” Mendoza said. “I am not against these civil unions; the only thing is I don’t want them in public.”
A rival political group said it plans to file a human rights complaint this week charging Mendoza with discrimination.
His own party, the Democratic Revolution Party, ask ed him to take back the comments, since the leftist party has championed gay marriages in Mexico.
Mendoza said he isn’t giving up his party leadership in the state congress because he didn’t do anything wrong. He said he is representing his constituents and voicing their concerns.
“He is discriminating,” said Cuauhtemoc Mayor Indira Vizcaino. “He is claiming that it creates a bad image for children and young people to have these gay weddings in public.”
The city of Cuauhtemoc has pushed for making gay marriage legal, and the mayor says 35 same-sex couples have held civil union ceremonies so far and more than a dozen are to come.
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