In Mexico, a victory was scored this month for traditional marriage. The definition of marriage was kept legally intact thanks to its citizens, who made it known that the majority of the Mexican people did not want to change the definition of marriage.
When President Enrique Pena Nieto had proposed his plans to legalise same-sex marriage across the country, there was public outcry over the proposed changes to marriage. Most notably, millions of Mexican citizens held rallies across the country in support of traditional marriage.
Now, the people’s voices have been heard, and honoured, and the issue of marriage in Mexico is – as a constitutional expert conceded – settled:
Proposals to legalise same-sex marriage across Mexico have been struck down. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plans for nationwide legalisation were rejected by 19 votes to 8 in the Lower House of Congress.
Same-sex marriage is currently allowed in Mexico City and several other states, but the President had called for it to be legalised nationwide. Edgar Castillo Martinez, Chairman of the Commission on Constitutional Matters, said the outcome means that the matter is now “totally and definitely concluded”.
Marriage is integral to the foundation to every nation. What the Mexican people and their representing politicians realised was the consequences of changing marriage were too great. Redefining marriage would redefine the family, parenting, children’s rights, freedom of speech, and many other facets of life.
Rather than rewrite laws that affect all citizens, Mexico, as a nation, has put to rest the issue that threatened the building block of society - the family. What can we in Australia take away from Mexico’s success? Simple: that the people do not respond well to their government attempting to change the definition of marriage without listening to its citizens, and that the government takes notice when its citizens make their voices heard. We must never give up, as the Mexican people did not. No matter how the media portray us, we must have the courage to make our voices heard, across the nation.
Mexico stayed strong and refused to surrender to a radical agenda. Now it is our turn! No matter what tricks politicians and media may try to pull, the silent majority in Australia will not surrender our precious institution of marriage.