OPINION: Same-sex marriage may be added to Mexico’s constitution, but where does it lead?

The Distrito Federal and several Mexican states have adopted measures legalizing same sex marriage. (PHOTO: telegraph.co.uk)

Legally sanctioned same-sex marriage has been sweeping the Western world for the past fifteen years, after first being enacted in 2001 in the Netherlands. With one possible exception (South Africa), all the countries which have instituted same-sex marriage could be classified as Western nations.  (By “Western nations,” I refer to nations of Western More...

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Common Gallinule with candy-corn bill and scarlet garters
By Yucatan Times On Saturday, May 21st, 2016
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – SCARLET GARTERS AND CANDY CORN: COMMON GALLINULE

Common Gallinule Gallinula galena, Gallineta Frente Roja (Spanish) Common Gallinule, a bird with the common name with “common” in it, is one of the world’s most widespread species occurring on all continents More...

AMERICAN COOT
By Yucatan Times On Saturday, May 7th, 2016
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND –THE AMERICAN COOT CAN COUNT… A RARITY AMONG ANIMALS

  AMERICAN COOT Which came first the “old coot” or the American Coot? With the politics in the US now, you might choose an old coot or even an old American coot. But the coot I refer to is the American More...

Monument in Heroes’ Park, Valladolid, where the leaders of the June 1910 revolt were executed.
(Photograph by the author)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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First Spark and Revolution

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] November 20 is Revolution Day in Mexico, an important public holiday.  Yucatecans would change the date to June 4. History books say More...

(PHOTO: courtesy Andrea Aguilar)
By Yucatan Times On Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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A New Home in the World

While working at my corporate job in San Francisco, I was obsessively reading blogs by people who were quitting jobs to travel and, in the process, creating new careers aligned with their talents and passions.  More...

Rant
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – RANTS AND NON-RANTS ABOUT CORMORANTS

  Rant When you see cormorants along the coast or at inland waters, you may observe them like this: Cormorants often hang out with other birds in loafing areas Often seen with outstretched wings to dry after More...

Flycatcher gets close.pg
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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Backyard Birding in Merida, Yucatan and Beyond – How Not To Social Network, the Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis, Luisito Común (Spanish), X takay (Mayan) Although one of the attractions of living in Merida is the friendliness of the people, unfortunately this doesn’t apply to the More...

(PHOTO: Robert Adams)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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Sunday celebrations mark the end of Easter holidays in Progreso, Yucatan

The final Sunday of the two-week Semana Santa and Easter Week holidays was a windy and overcast day in Progreso, Yucatan. But that didn’t stop hordes of beach-goers, partiers, families with kids and vendors from More...

Snakes and ladders
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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The number of God

What do the Parthenon, a sunflower, a nautilus shell and the Mona Lisa have in common? The answer is 1.618033 “Liber Abacci” In 1202, Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Leonardo Fibonacci, published “Liber More...

The neo-Maya-style arch erected by the Yucatán State Government on present Calle 60 in front of Mérida’s cathedral.  The repeated masks of the god Chaak are made to resemble the President.
(Photograph from a contemporary postcard.)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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A Potemkin Village for Porfirio Díaz

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   President Porfirio Díaz came to Yucatán with a short list of things he needed to do. The announced purpose for the visit in More...