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Monday, September 12, 2016


To All Trump, All the Time. This comes from Mexico, via Towleroad:

Across Mexico over the weekend, thousands of “pro-family” groups protested against same-sex marriage as the country moves toward marriage equality. In one particular march in Celaya, Guanajuato, a 12-year-old boy was photographed in the middle of the street trying to block the march of 11,000 people from moving forward.

Journalist Manuel Rodriguez captured an image that is instantly iconic.

As the publication Regeneracion noted, we’ve seen one very similar shot in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. It’s reminiscent of the “tank man” image the world knows so well.

Said Rodriguez to Generacion: “At first I thought the child was only playing.”

But Rodriguez interviewed the child later, who said, “I have an uncle who is gay and I hate the hatred.”

Mexico is one of those odd countries where marriage is legal some places -- nine states and Mexico D.F. (the federal district around Mexico City); every place else, couples have to file for a court order to get married. President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed an initiative to amend the constitution to allow same-sex marriage, which has sparked the protests -- spearheaded, of course, by that bastion of charity and compassion, the Catholic Church.

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