Guatemala says no to gay marriage

Otto Pérez Molina, president of Guatemala, says he is opposed to gay marriage, ahead of a discussion on the matter by the Organization of American States

Guatemala’s president Otto Pérez Molina said that his country is not in favor of gay marriage and abortion, two issues that will be discussed in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Ahead of the OAS General Assembly taking place later today (4 June) in Antigua, Guatemala, Molina said that his country is ‘pro-life’ and will remain opposed to any treaty proposed by the organization which includes marriage equality or abortion.

‘Guatemala’s rejection of abortion and gay marriage will be made clear,’ Molina stated yesterday (3 June), reported the daily La Hora.

He also said that Guatemala will insert a footer in the OAS’s treaty stating the country is ‘pro-life’.

He also added that an OAS treaty is not binding and does not require amending national laws.

Molina’s statement followed mass protests, entitled ‘Yes to life’ yesterday by Catholic and Evangelical groups against gay marriage and abortion which says the OAS is planning to include in its discussion of a draft treaty today.

Organizers of the demonstration said they had access to the draft agenda of the OAS General Assembly that include the decriminalization of abortion and marriage between persons of the same sex, reported Prensa Libre.

Cerón de Verónica, organizer of the Yes to life campaign, said protests will continue today as the OAS General Assembly takes place.

Molina said he supported the campaign headed by the country’s Episcopal Conference and the Evangelical Alliance.

by Dan Littauer
Source – Gay Star News