Mexican Lawmaker: Gay Marriage is Wrong Because Gays Don’t Face Each Other During Sex
A Mexican lawmaker made headlines this week when she said that same-sex couples should not have marriage rights because they do not face each other when having sex. Clearly she does not know how gay sex can work.
According to the Latin Times, Ana Maria Jimenez Ortiz, a congresswoman from Puebla, Mexico, and a member of the Mexican political party PAN (aka the National Action Party, which is considered Mexico’s right-wing party), cited a study during the "Matrimonio Igualitario en Puebla" panel last week on a debate regarding marriage equality.
"A marriage should only be considered amongst people that can look at each other in the eye while having sexual intercourse," Jiménez Ortiz said. "Something that does not happen in homosexual couples."
Jimenez Ortiz was referencing a controversial study by Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor of the University of Texas. The study also says that children who are adopted by same-sex couples are worse off than children adopted by heterosexual couples. The study she cited, however, has been disregarded by a number of LGBT organizations and social scientists.
After she made her outrageous remarks, several people slammed the politician on Twitter, causing Jimenez Ortiz to make her account private. Before she made her Twitter private, however, SDP Noticias were able to save a statement the lawmaker made on her account, defending herself from the backlash.
"In no time did I attack any of the assistants [to the panel], I manifested my posture of the issues in a respectful manner and with my convictions, it is the only way we will come to common ground on these important issues," she allegedly wrote.
"I’m sorry that my participation was taken out of context and doesn’t sum up the exposition that I made and that this has generated a series of attacks towards me on social networks, from people that unfortunately was not there and that the only information they have to attack is from one source."
Political science professor Genaro Lozano also criticized Jimenez Ortiz, saying the study was not legitimate because "the study was a poll given to 15,000 people, with less than 3,000 responding to the survey." The Latin Times wrote. "The results were not conclusive to make an argument in favor of the hypothesis. Lozano also brought up different studies that have concluded that children raised by a homosexual couple[s] is no different than one from a heterosexual one."
Perhaps Jimenez Ortiz should check out a few select episodes of "Queer as Folk" to better understand gay sex rather than reading anti-gay studies refuted but a number of experts.
"All he found is that family instability is bad for children and that’s hardly groundbreaking or new," Gary Gates, a researcher at the Williams Institute, said of the study last year.
"What I find most frustrating is that from what I could tell, he could have used his data to test the way I’m suggesting the test, and he chose not to," Gates added. "He intentionally chose a methodology that is absolutely primed to find bad outcomes in those kids."
Though same-sex marriage/civil unions is not legal on a federal level, it is recognized in a few regions in Mexico, including Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Colima, Oaxaca and more.
Check out a clip of the debate below: