Mexican Billboard: Death is the Punishment for Gay Sin

A billboard in the Mexican state of Chiapas responding to looser restrictions on same-sex marriage — and other important social issues like drug use and abortion — has made headlines this month for its intense, anti-gay message.

BillboardThe local mayor of Chilo, Leonardo Rafael Aguilar Guiraro, has attached his logo to the billboard, which takes a biblical approach to stopping the spread of certain behaviors.

Gay Star News reports:

‘No to the legalization of initiatives that are contrary to the commandments of God – abortion, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana etc,’ the billboard reads.

‘The wages of sin are death,’ quoting Romans 6:23…

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is banned in Mexico and there have been calls for the billboard to be removed.

The legislation covers ‘offending, ridiculing or promoting violence through messages and images displayed in communications media,’ and ‘incitement to hatred, violence, rejection, ridicule, defamation, slander, persecution or exclusion.’

Let's hope that Mexico's anti-discrimination law takes care of this signage soon.


  1. adam says

    Joseph Ehrman-Dupre, what is the purpose of marketing homophobia to the gay masses if you’re not prepared to do anything concrete about it? Get off your duff and do something rather than merely googling stories from other gay web sites and then pasting them on Towleroad.

    Put your money where your mouth is, Joseph.

  2. Daniel says

    But the Bible in the Book of Exodus says working on the Sabbath is punishable by death, no exceptions, because keeping the Sabbath holy is one of the Ten Commandments. So why would a politician who is paid to be mayor even on the Sabbath call for his own punishment, and the punishment of others who work on the Sabbath like police officers and military personnel? is he crazy or committing suicide or what?

  3. JJ says

    The full verse is:

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Meaning people would be _immortal_ if they were without sin, but they’re all sinners, so they die, according to Christian mythology. Of course they have to explain why goody Jesus died (for OUR sins, and besides, Resurrection!, so technically not permanently dead), and why newborn babes can die before they’ve had a chance to sin (born with Original Sin inherited from Adam & Eve).

    I think the lesson from God is that punishment isn’t some scarce precious resource to be meted out in carefully measured quotas, and only to those who do harm. Spread it around! A couple gets gay married? Enslave both their families for all future generations. The mayor works on the Sabbath? Incinerate the whole town. Why do people defy God’s moral example?

  4. stevetalbert says

    Death does not mean to die physically, it means that you cease to be part of the Tribe of Israel.l.

    Going from ancient and archaic Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek Into Greek and then to Roman Latin for a couple of hundred years (at constantinople for a thousand) and then various monastic readings of the dark ages to the Reformation and late 1500s early 1600s English to US Awakening interpretations late 1700s early 1800s English to late 1800s Victorian readings to 1920s-30s revivals, 1970s Good Word and various modern English rewordings….there are a couple of typos.

    Aramaic and Hebrew were sort of like Spanish and portugues..and mas in spanish means more and in portugues means but. An abomination is a restriction for the purposes of being a hebrew priest like a code of conduct not meant for men not in the priesthood. Etc. Etc.

  5. stevetalbert says

    I think there was an Andy Griffin episode where Barney told everyone some high falutin word meant the opposite of what is actually meant..hilarity ensued as andy and gomer started using the word too. At some point the whole town got riled up. That shiw had universal ageless themes.

  6. Jack M says

    I was in Chiapas back in ’77, and even though that was a long time ago, I doubt things have changed much. It’s a region where the people have traditional Catholic values, and the culture of machismo still flourishes, so there’s no surprise here.

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