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Current IssuePeña Nieto’s Initiative to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico Voted Down in Congress
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s campaign to legalize same-sex marriage throughout Mexico suffered a major setback when a key committee of the Chamber of Deputies rejected an amendment to the Constitution allowing such unions. Peña Nieto had proposed the constitutional change in an initiative sent to Congress in May 2016 . Peña Nieto’s proposal attempted to create a legal framework to legitimize gay marriages, giving same-sex partners access to health, retirement, and other benefits afforded to heterosexual couples. Without issuing a formal ruling on gay marriage, the high court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, SCJN) has also weighed in on the issue. In June 2015, the court published an opinion indicating that any definition of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman is discriminatory and in violation of the Constitution. Although the SCJN opinion did not explicitly say that same-sex marriage was legal, it weakened efforts in some states to block same-sex unions The president’s initiative eventually made it to the constitutional issues committee (Comisión de Puntos Constitucionales), where the measure was defeated by a 19-8 vote, with one abstention, during a vote in early November 2016. The failed vote means that the measure will not be sent to the full Chamber of Deputies for a vote.President-elect Trump Vows to Proceed with Construction of Border Wall
US President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to begin expansion and reinforcement of the wall separating the US and Mexico shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 20. The project will likely become a reality because Trump has the support of Congress, where Republicans are the majority. The big question is where will Trump find the funds to embark on such an ambitious project, which is likely to cost as much as US$25 billion, according to some estimates. Construction and architectural experts believe that the huge cost of the project reduces the feasibility of constructing the barrier, which would require 339 million cubic feet of concrete, or three times what was used to build the Hoover Dam. Trump insists that the project will go forward and is offering some hints on how the wall would be financed. He suggested that the US would make the initial expenditures on the project, and that further costs would be recovered from Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, in the meantime, is adamant that Mexico will not contribute a single peso to the project. “It is evident that we have some differences with the next government of the United States, including the proposed wall, which Mexico will by no means pay,” the Mexican president said at a meeting that included several consuls, legislators, governors, and business leaders.