Posted by: becketfund | February 11, 2010

Mexico: Congress Approves Amendment Establishing Separation of Church and State

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment that formally establishes the separation of church and state, Business Week reported on February 11.  According to the legislative gazette, the approved amendment “guarantees the autonomy of institutions from religious norms, rules and convictions or individual ideologies, as well as the equality of people before the law independent of their convictions.”  The legislation comes as the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico has criticized such measures as a Mexico City law passed in December that allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, and the capital city’s legalization in 2007 of abortion in the first trimester.

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