Mexican Lawmaker Asks Authorities to Ban Gay Weddings from Public Spaces

Rafael Mendoza, a lawmaker from the Mexican state of Colima, has asked authorities to ban gay weddings from public spaces to keep them from the eyes of children, the AP reports:

MendozaHe 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, asked him to take back the comments, since the leftist party has championed gay marriages in Mexico.

Mendoza's request was in reaction to the marriage of an American man and a Mexican man in a city plaza. He is giving up his party leadership in the state congress over the remarks.