Chiapas: Magistrate involved in homophobic campaign

February 7, 2014

Foto @ La Jornada

Photo @ La Jornada

Social activists and human rights defenders have denounced the Green Chiapas Foundation before the National Commission for the Prevention against Discrimination (CONAPRED) for having launched a campaign against same-sex marriage.

Two public advertisements were installed on 18 and 19 January Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital of Chiapas, emblazoned with the following words: “No to the legalization of initiatives that contradict the orders of God (abortion, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, etc.).”  On one of the ads comes the signature of the Chiapas Green Foundation AC, led by a magistrate from Chilón, Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar.

The Chiapas delegation from the Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Mexico (DDSSER) has condemned the campaign and requested an investigation to come to know the origins of the economic resources used in this campaign.  Delegate members claim that this campaign violates human rights and the law, given that the Mexican Constitution prohibits discrimination for sexual discrimination.  “Mexico has signed a number of international agreements which commit it to defend the rights of all its citizens,” noted the DDSSER Network.

For more information (in Spanish):

CONAPRED admite queja contra Pastor y Edil de Chilón (Chiapas Informativo, 30 de enero 2014)

Edil de Chiapas financia campaña contra gays (Aristegui Noticias, 21 de enero de 2014)

Edil de municipio paupérrimo financia campaña contra uniones gay(Proceso, 21 de enero de 2014)

Alcalde de Chilón, Chiapas, es acusado de patrocinar campaña contra uniones gay (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2014)

Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, sentencia edil chiapaneco a gays (La Jornada de Oriente, 21 de enero de 2014)

Financia edil de Chiapas campaña contra gays (El Independiente, 21 de enero de 2014)

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Chiapas: Presentation of legal initiative for gay marriage

December 17, 2013

Foto @ cronicadesociales.org

The State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) has sent to the local Congress of Chiapas a proposal to legalize marriages between persons of the same sex.

The proposal, entitled “Initiative for marriage rights without discrimination to different sexual preferences,” calls for the concept of matrimony to be considered “a free union of two persons to carry out a life in common using a contract in which the two parts commit themselves to respect and mutually support each other.”

In parallel terms, civil organizations and activists are developing the campaign “Same rights, same names” with the aim of supporting the initiative.  In this sense, José Eliecer Esponda Cáceres, president of the Open Network Collective, noted that “The Initiative before us is not to change families but rather to change the way in which the law sees us, to put an end to legal discrimination.  By denying us the right to marry, they are saying that we are second-class citizens who do not have the right to marry the person we love.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Turnan al Congreso de Chiapas iniciativa para legalizar los matrimonios gay (Proceso, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Piden en Chiapas legalizar el matrimonio gay (Excelsior, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Homosexuales exigen mismos derechos y mismos nombres (Noticias, 10 de noviembre de 2013)