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LGBT marchers rally in Mexico for same-sex marriage

Marriage equality supporters rally in Mexico City.
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MEXICO CITY -- The LGBT community and their supporters descended upon the steps of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in support of gay marriage on Sunday.

This comes one day after thousands of people including archbishops and priests led marches across the nation against it.

The Associated Press is reporting that LGBT demonstrators brought with them large banners and posters, some of which read “We are families too,” and “I respect your family, respect mine.”

This rally was in direct contrast to the marches held all over Mexico on Saturday in which detractors held up signs such as,  “Children need a father and a mother! and “Wake up and defend the family.”

Last May, President Enrique Pena asked to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Despite that initiative, only a few states have made same-sex marriage legal including capital Mexico City, the state of Coahuila and the coastal state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean.

Patricia Jimenez, spokeswoman for National Pride Mexico told Reforma, "We will ask for the removal of (Cardinal) Norberto Rivera because he is a man who has done much harm to the social fabric, it will ask the Pope and show that this is a city of freedom."