Outside the Mexicali City Hall, anti-gay protesters prayed and shouted slurs… A judge stood by to marry the couple, and a local television station began a livestream broadcast of the historical moment. The small room at City Hall was crowded with the media along with family and friends of the couple. The mood was upbeat.
But then Rosa Maria Real, who is charged with officiating marriages with the Mexicali government, showed up to stop everything in its tracks. She told everyone: “I know nothing” about a marriage today, according to a tweet by Sandra Dibble @sandradibble, who covers Baja California news for U-T San Diego. Nevermind that their names were listed in the Civil Registry, El Mexicano reported. Her remarks sparked screams of protest.
The couple’s attorney, Jose Luis Marques Saavedra, objected and eventually got on a phone with federal officials seeking to hold the government of Mexicali in contempt of the Supreme Court. Then there was a bomb threat. The bridegrooms, family and friends refused to evacuate the room, considering it a hoax. Eventually, everyone was cleared out of the room and the wedding ceremony was not conducted. Local media reported that the wedding party planned to return at 2 pm today to see if the legal mess could be resolved by that time.
But even after all this, she still wasn’t done. She then claimed that the signature of a witness did not match one another documents. Then she said she found inconsistencies on the birth certificates of both men, and other things that concerned her. It’s a transparent attempt to block this legal wedding, and it’s disgusting.
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