Mexicali — As it did not have a majority of 17 votes required for a constitutional amendment, the initiative for same-sex marriages was rejected, with 15 votes in favor, three against and seven abstentions.

The constitutional amendment was intended to eliminate marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

Deputies Morena, Monserrat Caballero, Miriam Cano, Rosina del Villar Casas, Araceli Geraldo, María Luisa Villalobos, Eva Rodríguez and Julia Andrea González voted in favor of the amendment; in addition Gerardo López of the PRD, Elí Topete of Movimiento Ciudadano, Juan Manuel Molina and Ramón Vásquez de Morena; Fausto Gallardo of the PVEM; Julio César Vásquez Castillo of the PT and the independent María Trinidad Vaca Chacón voted in favor as well.

In abstention were Claudia Agatón from the PT; Carmen Leticia Hernández, Juan Meléndrez Espinoza, Víctor Manuel Morán and Víctor Navarro de Morena; David Ruvalcaba of the PRI and the independent Miguel Ángel Bujanda

The votes against were cast by Efrén Moreno Rivera of the Transform Party, as well as the PAN members Loreto Quintero and Eva María Vásquez Hernández…

Efrén Moreno from the Transform Party mentioned that the word marriage comes from the parent word, so this is only between a man and a woman in which one of their purposes is procreation….

David Ruvalcaba of the PRI, opined that a little more should have been expected for this proposal to achieve the necessary moral consensus and thus avoid another confrontation with society….

The above comes from a July 17 story (translated and edited) in El Sol de Tijuana