A lawmaker in Mexico’s capital has proposed changing the city’s civil code to allow gay marriages.
Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church opposes the proposal. The church defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, as does current law.
Lawmaker David Razu says the changes he is proposing would give same-sex couples the same rights heterosexual couples have regarding social security and other benefits.
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Gays and lesbians, he said, “pay taxes like everyone else, obey the law like everyone else, build the city like everyone else, and there is no reason they should have a different and special set of rules.”
The proposal has been sent to committees for consideration, but no date for a vote has been set.
“The Church believes that marriage is not only a contract but a sacrament instituted by God for a man and a woman to share life together and be the nucleus of society,” father Jose De Jesus Aguilar of the Archdiocese of Mexico told the Associated Press.
Mexico is a heavily Roman Catholic country.
The leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party, which dominates Mexico City’s legislature, has already legalized abortion and civil unions for same-sex couples.