Mexico City's mayor Marcelo Ebrard said today the city will continue to defend its gay marriage laws. The federal Attorney General office filed a challenge with the Supreme Court this week on the premise that the law violates constitutional stances on the family and the protection of children. However, the mayor remains adamant in his stance that the Mexican constitution does not ban gay marriage or the adoption of children by gay couples, and the first same-sex marriages are set to be carried out in early May while the Supreme Court hears the case.
While many Americans don't think to compare Mexican politics to those of the U.S., there is a clear parallel in Mexico City's struggles with gay marriage policy and the struggles occurring in the United States. This is just one example of a huge issue in the U.S. that the Mexican people also find important. What happens in Mexico City could influence future legislation in the U.S.