A 12-year-old boy attempted to block a homophobic march Saturday from moving forward in Celaya, Guanajuato, and was shown in a photograph that went viral on social media.
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Journalist Manuel Rodriguez, author of the photograph, told online media Regeneracion, “At first I thought the child was only playing.”
But the child, who chose to remain anonymous, confessed to him later in an interview, “I have an uncle who is gay and I hate the hatred.”
The marches were called by the National Front for the Family, a coalition of various organizations, including religious groups, that continued throughout the day from Mexico’s far north to the Yucatan Peninsula.
The bigoted, anti-gay display was one of the largest of its kind, prompting Jesus Gonzalez, a human rights activist to say, “It’s a discriminatory position and we hope it doesn’t have success."
Same-sex marriage is permitted in Mexico City, as well as in several states including Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Sonora. President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed changing the constitution to allow it nationally, saying that Congress should debate and settle the issue of gay marriage.
Mexico’s Supreme Court said last year that laws restricting marriage to a man and woman were unconstitutional. However, many state legislatures have not changed their statutes to comply, meaning same-sex couples must file legal challenges on a case-by-case basis to get married.
Gay marriage is still banned under local laws in many of Mexico’s 31 states.