Mexico inaugurates openly gay mayor

There are 6 comments on the BBC News story from Sep 15, 2013, titled Mexico inaugurates openly gay mayor. In it, BBC News reports that:

The first openly gay mayor in Mexico's history is being sworn in at a ceremony in city of Fresnillo.

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Since: Feb 09

Northern California

#1 Sep 15, 2013
Benjamin Medrano is the first openly gay mayor in Mexico. But he opposes gay marriage.

Medrano, 47, recently won the election in Fresnillo, a conservative and largely rural county in Zacatecas state. He thinks itīs too early (and perhaps politically unsavvy) to support this cause.

"I'm not in favor of gay marriage," Medrano told the AP on Thursday explaining that "we are still a very small town ... we're not prepared, in my view."

Medrano said that as a Catholic, he wished the church had "a different view" on that matter, but added: " I cannot go against doctrine ... I respect my church, and I don't want to dig any deeper beyond what's permitted and what is appropriate."

This cautious approach to a culturally sensitive topic like gay marriage could have helped Medrano to win the recent election in Fresnillo, by keeping him in sync with the areaīs conservative voters, according to the AP.

It also helped that Medrano, a singer and gay-bar owner, did not campaign on gay rights issues. Instead, Medrano focused on security -- a major problem for the residents of Fresnillo, which is caught in the middle of a turf war between the Gulf Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel.

In the run-up to the election, opponents of Medrano set up a phone-calling campaign in which they attempted to smear him for being gay. But Medrano prevailed in the end, winning by a wide margin.

Since: Mar 09

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#2 Sep 15, 2013
He breaking new ground. Cut him some slack.

San Jose, CA

#4 Sep 16, 2013
This man sounds like a good gay. He knows his place.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#5 Sep 16, 2013
Mexican Independence Day is today.

Attleboro, MA

#6 Sep 16, 2013
Carlos wrote:
This man sounds like a good gay. He knows his place.
Do you mean like a good Mexican, who knows his place?

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#7 Sep 16, 2013
Brian wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you mean like a good Mexican, who knows his place?
And hopefully, that's IN Mexico !

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