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Tens of Thousands March in Mexico City Against Same-Sex Marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage also marched, though in much fewer numbers
By The News · 24 of September 2016 13:39:14
Members of the LGBT community kiss as they arrive at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Dueling marches, in support and against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage, gathered at the Angel of Independence monument, No available, photo: AP/Marco Ugarte

MEXICO CITY — Tens of thousands of people are marching in Mexico City in opposition to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage.

A much smaller demonstration by supporters of same-sex marriage also took place. The two sides were kept apart Saturday by hundreds of police and barriers erected around the city’s iconic Angel of Independence monument.

Representatives of the National Front for the Family that organized the opposition march say caravans of buses arrived from several states around the country.

Demonstrators dressed all in white carrying white balloons filled a wide boulevard for many blocks.

In May, Peña Nieto proposed legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. It is legal only in some places including Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila.

The Roman Catholic church opposes the president’s proposal.