The stunning shot of a young Mexican boy (estimated between the ages of 10 and 12) standing up against a large 1,000+ anti-gay crowd in Mexico has gone viral put plays a far more important role in terms of the acceptance and tolerance of same-sex marriages in countries worldwide.
While same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico, many Mexican people are in conflict towards it’s universal acceptance. In fact according to the PRI, “The National Front for the Family is strongly against same-sex couples adopting children, and also opposes teaching about homosexuality and transsexuality in school sex education classes.”
In addition, at least 26 people from the LGBT community in Mexico have been killed so far and this primarily stems from President Pena Nieto’s proposal to enshrine same-sex “marriage” in the nation’s Constitution.
The photograph of the boy took place in Celaya, Guanajuato that again “targeted President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. The Celaya demonstration, which drew 11,000 people, was just one of dozens that took place across the country over the weekend following marriage equality victories in Mexico City and nine Mexican states”.
Reporter Manuel Rodriquez stated that after the boy told him that he didn’t like that these protestors hated his uncle, he was quickly called on by his mother and scurried to her. He states:
I believe the boys family didn’t want him talking to me: the protest subject is very controversial here and many people are scared to give their opinion on the matter.
Lester Fester of BuzzFeed’s LGBT News Sector points out that while many European countries have all adopted same-sex marriage, including many Latin American countries such as Argentina, “The majority of the population of Mexico is Roman Catholic, and church leaders in Mexico are firmly opposed to same-sex marriage”.
Watch the live short video below of the protest and the brave boy standing up against the herding crowd as they approach him.
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