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A Mexican conservative party’s social media was hacked. Now its timelines are all about rainbow flags.

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Screen capture from the PES official Twitter account reading “All is lost” superimposed over an image of a PES family values political rally. Photo: Courtesy

Social media profiles belonging to the Partido Encuentro Solidario (PES) displayed pride flags and messages in support of marriage equality.

This was extremely unusual as the party is well known for being very socially right-wing and running on “family values” issues. 

People on Facebook and Twitter immediately assumed that the parties’ social media accounts had been hacked. 

“The PES today got all like this”, said @CBuburron

In reality, the pride flags, memes, and snappy replies were the handiwork of a fed-up social media manager who reported not having been paid in over a month. 

Members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and celebrities soon started messaging the accounts and thanking the disgruntled community manager for his handiwork. 

“A big kiss out to who ever hacked @PESNacionalMX” said @sof_j on twitter

Earlier: Court lets gay couple in Yucatan register their son

Self-proclaimed PES President Hugo Eric Flores Cervantes denied that the party was behind on any payments and that the “hacking” of the accounts was an illegal political attack. 

The identity of the person at the helm of the official account of the PES is still unknown, as is the status of any potential legal charges.

After the recent mid-term elections on June 6, Mexico’s electoral institute announced that the PES would lose its registry as a political party because of its failure to attract enough voters. 

This week, the congresses in Baja California and Sinaloa ratified the 2015 decision by Mexico’s supreme court that found denying marriage to persons of the same sex unconstitutional. 

Despite notable holdouts such as Yucatán, more than half of all Mexican states have made marriage equality the law of the land.

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