With 23 votes in favor, the Sinaloa Congress unanimously endorsed the reform of articles 40 and 165 of the Family Code to extend the figures of marriage and cohabitation to people of the same sex. Most of the legislators from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which governs the state, and the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) were absent from the vote.
Mexico City, June 15 (However) .- The former vice-coordinator of the fraction of the PAN in San Lázaro, Jorge Iván Villalobos Seáñez, who was observed hugging a dancer at a PAN party in Vallarta Port, did not want to vote today against equal marriages. He was one of those who left the session.
Jorge Iván, who was a Deputy of the Congress of the Union from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015, appeared along with other PAN members at a party with table dance dancers at a Puerto Vallarta mansion held in January 2014, just when his party met to discuss its position on the Energy Reform. The episode was revealed by Indigo Report.
“Although it is private, it compromises our entire party,” said Gustavo Madero Muñoz, who was the president of the Blue and White party.
In that 2014, the PAN deputies were granted a budget of 1.5 million pesos from the public treasury for their parliamentary meeting in the port of Jalisco.
A recording broadcast by Indigo Report shows the then federal legislators of the PAN taking advantage of their plenary meeting in Puerto Vallarta to hold a party in a luxurious mansion accompanied by dancers.
Jorge Iván Villalobos Seáñez is seen embracing a dancer, sitting on the terrace of the mansion called Villa Balboa. That character is the one who today did not want to vote in Sinaloa, a state in the northwest of the country that joined about twenty regions on Tuesday that recognize same-sex marriage with the approval of a reform in Congress.
Villalobos has a degree in Law with a mention of Excellence from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Tax Law from the same educational institution, and a PhD in Tax Financial Law, from the University of Salamanca, according to with the official website of the Sinaloa Congress.
In public service he has served as Federal Deputy to the LXII Legislature, in which he was vice-coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the National Action Party.
The Sinaloa Congress reports that within the PAN, Villalobos served as president of the Strategic Elections Committee; Head of the Office of the President of CEN; Coordinator of Advisors in the Senate during the LX Legislature; and was Technical Secretary of the Finance Commission of the LIX Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union.
He has been a Local Deputy since October 2018.
SINALOA CONGRESS VOTE
With 23 votes in favor, the Sinaloa Congress unanimously endorsed the reform of articles 40 and 165 of the Family Code to extend the figures of marriage and cohabitation to people of the same sex.
“Long live equal marriage, long live human rights, long live the rule of law, all people, all rights, respect for the rights of others is peace,” said deputy Graciela Domínguez, of the ruling National Regeneration Movement ( Brunette).
Since 2015, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SJCN) declared the state civil codes that prevent same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but almost a third of the states resist reforming their law, so couples must still file amparos legal to access the right.
In fact, the recognition of this right in Sinaloa is due to the struggle of organizations such as the Sinaloa Diversity Committee, which pointed out that it has taken seven years, three legislatures, four injunctions and seven initiatives to achieve the goal.
The associations obtained the mandate of a federal judge, who ordered the Sinaloa Congress to recognize the right no later than this week.
Therefore, some legislators argued that they continued to believe that marriage was between a man and a woman, but that they would abide by the court decision.
“The obligation that was imposed on this Congress in the sentence to which I have referred consists of repairing the omission of legislating, within the Family Code of the State, the figure of equal marriage,” said Jesús Angélica Díaz, deputy of the Sinaloan Party (PAS).
Most of the legislators from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which governs the state, and the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) were absent from the vote.
Even deputies from the left-wing Morena and the Labor Party (PT) were absent.
But legislator Karla de Lourdes Montero, from the Social Encounter Party (PES), which at the national level promoted an agenda against LGBT rights, said she was an ally of the movement for sexual diversity, which she celebrated after the vote.
“Today it only remains for me to say that we do not have the right to take away anyone’s rights, nor that they want to homosexualize the world as they have imagined,” said the legislator.
-With information from EFE.