By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
MEXICO CITY, August 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Mexican Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on homosexual adoption yesterday evening, ruling in favor of permitting the practice.
In a 9-2 vote along the same lines as its other recent decisions permitting homosexual "marriage" and extending it to all 31 Mexican state, the justices rejected arguments made by pro-family groups and the nation's chief prosecutor that homosexual adoption would be harmful to the welfare of Mexican youth, which is protected under the Constitution as well as international agreements to which Mexico is a party.
The decision is one of several that leaves standing Mexico City's legislation permitting and financing abortion on demand, creating "marriage" for homosexuals, and permitting them to adopt. Although the court has ruled that homosexual "marriages" contracted in the nation's Federal District must be accepted throughout Mexico's 31 states, the current ruling is seen as only applying within the nation's capital.
Following the decision, the Association of Catholic Attorneys confirmed that, as they had warned, they would file suit in the Mexican Congress for a "political judgment" against the justices who voted in favor of the measure. Such a judgment could lead to their removal from the bench.
The Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera, blasted the decision as "lazy," and remarked that, "it gives the impression to children that [the Court] regards them as if they were pets that can be given in adoption to whomever wants to possess them, which violates their rights."
The Associated Press reported that the cardinal would lobby the government to see to it that homosexual adoptions will never in fact be carried out.