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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.


Neil Patrick Harris Dishes on His Mexican Margarita Adventure (And His Twins) - VIDEO

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On Thursday, Neil Patrick Harris stopped by Ellen to chat with guest host Ellie Kemper about his recent margarita adventure in Mexico that was well-documented on Instagram.

Harris also gave an update on his adorable 3-year-old twins.

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Neil Patrick Harris Has an Epic Shirtless Margarita Adventure in Mexico: PHOTOS

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Neil Patrick Harris went south of the border for the holidays and decided to wrap up the trip by allowing us to join him on Instagram in a celebration of the country's signature cocktail.

Writes Harris : "Last day of our Mexico adventure. Let's see just how many margaritas I can drink. Cheers!"

Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Mexican State of Jalisco: VIDEO

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Despite a ruling from Mexico’s supreme court a little over a year that “open[ed] the door to equal marriage in the whole country,” marriage equality has yet to become a reality in every Mexican state. Same-sex marriage has been officially recognized in Chihuahua, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Oaxaca. However, a recent union in Jalisco suggests more movement is possible.

CNN Mexico reports that earlier this month Zaira de la O and Martha Sandoval became the first lesbian couple to marry in the state of Jalisco:

Last November, Jalisco lawmakers approved domestic partnerships for gay couples (Ley de Libre Convivencia), a union with limited benefits that is formalized before a notary, not a judge.

After being denied a marriage license in March, the couple sought relief from the courts and won, CNN Mexico reported.

“We are happy, relishing the moment we sign, with the same nerves as any couple about to marry for the first time,” Zaira said.

 The women, who are raising a 1-year-old daughter, were represented in their legal fight by the Committee of Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense of Women's Rights (Comite de America Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer, CLADEM).

CLADEM's Guadalupe Ramos said that she knew of at least five additional gay couples who want to marry in the state.

“What we hope is that we won't have to litigate in all of these cases to obtain the same rights as heterosexual couples,” said Zaira.

BoysMeanwhile, in November, Marco Villaseñor Quiroz and Jaime Gándara Salcido, became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state of Chihuahua, according to El Diario. Thanks to a district court judge who granted the couple a ‘writ of amparo’ or ‘protection of their civil rights’ the couple was able to receive a marriage license. Though the couple received much support from family and friends, not everyone was happy to celebrate them on their big day:

At the start of the wedding, a group of people [arrived at] the facilities of the Civil Registry to prevent it, but the authorities requested the support of units of the Municipal Police and everything ran smoothly with calm….

After 20 years of living together, Jaime [spoke of his happiness in reaching] that day: "We are in a great place for having achieved the goal. Thank God everything is provided to us, we have had much support".

Congratulations to the happy couples!

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Mexico's First Gay Mayor, Benjamin Medrano, Takes Office

In July Towleroad reported that Benjamin Medrano, a 47-year-old singer and gay bar owner, had been elected Mayor of Fresnillo, a city in Mexico's northern Zacatecas region known for its machismo and drug violence.

MedranoSaid Medrano at the time: "I am going to be mayor of a township where there are 258 villages full of tough country people, who don't necessarily have much information on what's happening elsewhere, and have even less of an automatic sympathy with their gay mayor. But, it's not like I'm going to paint city hall pink, either."

Medrano was sworn in over the weekend, the BBC reports:

He posted a message on his Twitter account soon after the ceremony: "The time has come to listen to your demands and address your problems. I have a commitment with you".

Two of Mexico's biggest criminal organisations - Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel - have been fighting for control of drug trafficking routes leading north towards the American border.

Mr Medrano said the fact that he has no involvement with criminal organisations would enable him to do a good job for the people of Fresnillo.

"What matters the least for the people is who you may sleep with, what you do in your private life. What they want is good results from their politicians," he told BBC Mundo.


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.


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