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Guatemala Introduces Legislation to Legalize Gay Marriage

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Dec 23, 2016, 4:43 pm
Guatemala has recently considered passing legislation to allow gay marriage (
Guatemala has recently considered passing legislation to allow gay marriage (Doble Llave).

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Congressmen of various political parties in Guatemala are preparing an initiative that seeks to reform the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage. The proposal was announced by the legislator Sandra Morán, head of the Convergence Block.

According to Moran, Guatemala should recognize and guarantee the rights of persons of the same sex who want to form a family, since these citizens lack legal recognition in family law contexts, including cases of illness, legality, and death.

The legislator acknowledged the controversial nature of the issue and conceded that it would be strongly criticized by the conservative sector of Guatemalan society, but noted that “society is not only made up of these people but also of others who think differently.”

The nation of Guatemala must be modernized, according to the arguments of Morán, who points out that this process involves the recognition and support of all citizens and indicated that this reform could be a good starting point for Guatemala to legitimize the rights of all minorities.

“We know that people who decide to form families of this type face an adverse environment where they can be obligated to live together in secret, or face rejection by their relatives, or even the threat of violence and discrimination, so we want to give them legal support,” said the deputy.

Regarding the issue, political analyst Hans Quevedo said that legislators should consider all legal aspects, since a viable option might also be to include same-sex couples under the civil partnership section of Guatemalan legal code.

“Before making a proposal to introduce legislation, Congress should consider the adverse effects and various issues that would come to the forefront in public discussion. The country has many outstanding social issues that need resolution, and matters that have yet to be regulated; we also know that this controversial legislation may not be well received,” said the analyst.

For Quevedo, given that a large segment of society may reject the proposed changes to the legal code, the alternative of the civil union should also be considered: “The important thing is that the proposal is well formulated and that it obtains the necessary support; this is an issue that may well take some time to be resolved,” he said.

Source: La Hora

David Unsworth David Unsworth

David Unsworth is a Boston native. He received degrees in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently spent five years working in real estate development in New York City. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is involved in the tourism industry. In his free time he enjoys singing in rock bands, travelling throughout Latin America, and studying Portuguese.

Mexico’s Gas Deregulation Will Lead to Price Hike in 2017

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Dec 23, 2016, 4:08 pm
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EspañolThe Energy and Energy Regulatory Commission and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announced it will be deregulating gas in Mexico in March 2017, a process that will cause gas prices to rise. A percentage for how much it will increase has not yet been announced, but estimates predict between 15 and 22 percent. The Citibank Center for Economic Studies estimated that the increase will be 22 percent while the gas station operators organized in the Onexpo (National Organization of Oil Exporters) predict that the increase will be 15 percent. "We're in the process of defining the numbers," General Director of Pemex Jose Antonio González Anaya said. "But I think that the important thing is to have clear that things cost what they cost, and the price of oil rose, yes, but it also increased in Norway, a country that is a much more surplus oil producer, much bigger, but it exports much more than Mexico and the price of gas there is more than two and a half times that of Mexico," he said. Read More: Odebrecht Admits Bribery, Agrees to Record $2.6 Billion Fine "When I came to Pemex the price of the oil of the Mexican mix was US $18.90; today it is US $45, which benefits Pemex and the country, but at the same time that makes the price of gasoline go up. The exchange rate was moved so that we are going to have to adjust. We are in the process of looking into it," González Anaya said. Mexican lawmakers have asked the federal government to allow the deregulation of fuels to be postponed in Mexico so that the increase does not affect consumers to a greater extent. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Officials said the measure will put Mexican families in a difficult situation, as the increase in fuel will be reflected in products and services. Deputy of the Citizens' Movement Carlos Lomeli said deregulation will affect the most disadvantaged sectors of Mexico because they are the ones who find it harder to access products when they increase in value. Alejandro Ojeda of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) called the change "disguised privatization." Source: El Universal

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