The following comes from a September 10 San Diego U-T article by Sandra Dibble:
TIJUANA — Thousands of opponents of same-sex marriage, including Tijuana’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, gathered for a rally in the city Saturday to protest Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed constitutional reform favoring the right for couples to marry regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
The morning march to City Hall was one of dozens of such protests across Mexico that took place Saturday, drawing a combined hundreds of thousands of citizens. The demonstrations come on the heels of a series of legal victories scored by proponents of same-sex marriage in states across Mexico.
Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico City and nine of the country’s 31 states. The Mexican Supreme Court last year ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, but that decision doesn’t automatically invalidate each state’s prohibition. Amid pending legal challenges to the remaining 22 bans, same-sex couples can marry by getting a personalized injunction from a federal judge.
In Tijuana, participants in Saturday’s peaceful protest chanted “Viva la familia natural” — “long live the natural family” — as they walked in an unbroken stream that stretched for several blocks along Paseo de los Heroes through the city’s Río Zone. They were of all ages and came from all corners of the city, many of them members of Catholic parishes or evangelical Christian congregations.
“Marriage is between a man and woman for the purpose of procreation,” said Ariadna León, 39, a Catholic and mother of two from Ampliacion Guaycura in eastern Tijuana. “We are asking for the respect of the nucleus of society, which is the family.”
The rally was organized by the National Front for the Family coalition.
Ricardo Cano Castro, a spokesman in Baja California for the coalition, said it has been supported by about 1,000 groups, including schools, orphanages and anti-abortion organizations. The Roman Catholic Church has openly backed the cause and encouraged its faithful to join the protests Saturday, but its leaders have insisted that the church is not an organizer.
Quietly taking part in Saturday’s demonstration was Tijuana’s Roman Catholic archbishop, Francisco Moreno Barrón, together with his predecessor, Rafael Romo Muñoz, at his side.
The Tijuana Archdiocese was named in a complaint submitted last week at Tijuana City Hall by Méndez’s organization, Mexico Igualitario, and Comunidad Cultural de Tijuana LGBTI. The complaint to Mexico’s Interior Ministry accused the archbishop of of violating Mexico’s Constitution when he publicly encouraged participation in the protests.
In Mexico, opponents to same-sex marriage have stepped up their efforts since May, when Peña Nieto presented a proposal to Mexico’s Congress that sought to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. The measure would alter the Constitution to permit such marriages, but even if it’s approved, remaining state bans would have to be resolved in the courts.