Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer married about 50 gay couples in front of city hall at 9:00 am. By 9:30, the couples had fulfilled their marriage wishes. As controversial as the issue of gay marriage has been, today’s events demonstrate a significant change about the issue. As expected there were protestors protesting against gay marriage, however only three protestors were present during Orlando’s first gay marriage.
Since 2010, same-sex marriages have been recognized in all Mexican states. The Mexican Constitution provides for specific spousal rights and same-sex couples are recognized within those same rights. Unlike the United States, Mexico has traditionally maintained a strict adherence to the separation of Church and state making the controversy of religious opposition to gay marriages more difficult. Marriage in Mexico is strictly handled as a civil matter and governed by the state legislations.
Today’s gay marriage ceremonies in Orlando show that the issue of gay marriages is about to be outdated as protestors to gay marriages were clearly outnumbered by those in support of same-sex unions.