Target: Mexico’s First Chamber of Supreme Court
Goal: Commend Mexico’s Supreme Court for ruling that homophobic slurs are not protected by freedom of expression
After a fight between two Mexican journalists, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled by a vote of 3-2 that homophobic slurs are not protected by freedom of expression. The controversy came about after two journalists were going back and forth in columns calling each other pejoratives like “maricones,” and “puñal,” which translate to “faggots” and “faggot rapist/predator,” respectively.
The First Chamber of the court ruled that anti-gay rhetoric is discriminatory, even if used in jest. They pointed out that such slurs can and are used to perpetuate hatred and intolerance against homosexuals. A translation of the court’s ruling says, “These are expressions which are certainly deeply rooted in the language of Mexican society but the truth is that the practices of a majority of participants of a society cannot trump violations of basic rights.” The court also pointed out that the terms were not necessary in resolving the dispute between the two journalists, and thus had no reason to be protected by freedom of expression law.
The ruling represents an important step in realizing equal rights for the gay community. It is crucial to raise awareness about the implications of anti-gay slurs, even if their users feel they have no personal prejudices. Although Mexico has had its fair share of controversy surrounding homosexuality as a socially conservative culture that values machismo, they have taken measures in recent years to legislate gay rights. Important rulings like this show that our neighbors to the south are indeed moving in the direction of tolerance and compassion, as is much of the world.
Join in commending Mexico on this important decision.
Dear First Chamber of Supreme Court of Mexico,
We are so encouraged by your recent ruling that declared homophobic slurs as unacceptable expression. Although gay rights are expanding all over the world, there is still a long way to go to eliminate the prejudice and intolerance that has oppressed the gay community since the beginning of time. We appreciate your efforts to make this type of intolerance a relic of the past. Although many believe slurs are just used as jokes and don’t have any meaning, they do indeed have deep implications on the psyche of the gay community and in perpetuating hatred.
Please continue to rule in favor of gay rights, which are also human rights. No one should ever be made to feel less because of whom they love. Thank you for this historic and significant ruling.
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