'Children are not pets,' says Jalisco state official
by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
The governors of the states of Jalisco, Tlaxcala, Guanajuato, Morelos, and Sonora say that the law is unconstitutional, and will require their state governments to recognize "marriages" between people of the same sex, despite the states' rejection of such unions.
Moreover, they argue, adoption by homosexual couples is "totally against the best interests of the children, which should prevail over any circumstance," according to a press release by the National Action Party, to which all five governors belong.
"These reforms could obligate the states and municipalities to recognize marriages between same-sex couples and so, in Jalisco, the same rights recognized for matrimony in its laws would be awarded to them," said Secretary General of Government Fernando Guzman in a statement issued to the press.
Indeed, the Mexican homosexualist organization "Codise," says that it will attempt to achieve legal recognition for such unions in the states that have filed suit immediately following the first "marriages," which are to be formalized in Mexico City in the first week of March.
In an interview with the Guadalajara newspaper Publico, Guzman added that "unions of convenience are one thing, but marriage is another, let alone the right of adoption. What we are protecting is marriage and children, so that children who are adopted have the right to a family, and a family consisting of a father and a mother."
Arguing that such rights are recognized by the International Commission of Human Rights, Guzman added that children "are not pets, and all of this must be done with respect to the rights of children."