Mexico inaugurates openly gay mayor

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

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#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 it´s 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 area´s 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:
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Do you mean like a good Mexican, who knows his place?
And hopefully, that's IN Mexico !

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