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Mexico rejects same-sex marriage bill

Mexico rejects same-sex marriage bill

Boy attempted to stop a homophobic march in Mexico

A Mexican congressional committee has rejected a same-sex marriage bill.

President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed in May to change Mexico’s constitution to allow same-sex couples to marry.

But the measure was rejected by a constitutional committee in Mexico’s lower house with 19 votes against, 8 in favor and one abstention.

‘[The initiative] is considered to be totally and definitively concluded,’ the committee said in a statement.

While the bid to legalize same-sex marriage could move forward, it looks very unlikely under the current government.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 10 of 31 states. The  Supreme Court said last year banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and urged states to change their legislature.

Following Nieto’s vow to legalize the right to marry for gay couples, hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico marched against the issue in multiple cities across the traditionally conservative and Catholic country.