As Mexico continues to protest against the same-sex marriage laws President Enrique Peña Nieto is pushing for, Pope Francis has praised the protesters for defending "family and life".
“I am very happy to associate myself with the Bishops of Mexico, in supporting the commitment of the Church and of civil society in favour of the family and of life, which in this time require special pastoral and cultural attention in all the world," said the "progressive Pope" while speaking in St Peter's Square on Sunday.
This weekend saw 80,000 people demonstrate against marriage equality around the country. Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico City and 9 other states. The proposed new laws would legalise it in the remaining 22 states.
Father Hugo Valdemar - the spokesperson of Mexico's Catholic church - called the proposed laws "persecution against the church" and said that anyone who disagreed with the country's "gay dictatorship" would be imprisoned.
He continued: “It is something very serious, the state now determines the sexual behavior of citizens and forbids any attempt to return to normalcy.
“The state prohibits parents from helping their children to solve their sexual doubts and prohibits homosexuals from changing, but if they want to change their sex they fund that atrocity, it’s something diabolic.”