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LGBTQI groups in Mexico denounced the Partido Encuentro Solidario (PES) over their most recent campaign rhetoric.

In a political TV commercial, the party comes out firmly against LGBTQI parenting.

“There can only be one type of family. You have one mother, not two. You have one father, not two,” says the ad by the PES. 

The “family-values” political platform of the PES has also come out against several other issues such as gay marriage, gay adoption and abortion.

“How hypocritical. The PES says that they are the home of all Mexicans but now they launch these attacks against LGBTQI families,” said @RuidoEnLaRed on Twitter.

In a bizarre campaign stunt earlier this month, PES candidate Carlos Mayorga emerged from a coffin. On Twitter, some assumed this was some sort of protest against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic while others maintain that it had “something” to do with the abortion debate.

Earlier: Transgender candidate pulls out of race for mayor in Progreso

The president and founder of the party, Hugo Eric Flores, claims that the PES is a force for good in Mexico and that despite arguments to the contrary, the party identifies as liberal. 

“Of course, there are many in our party who are very religious, but really they are a minority. We are not a religious party, on the contrary, we are a liberal political organization,” said Flores. 

In 2018 the PES was part of the political coalition that brought Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the presidency. 

However, since that time the party has lost much of its national support and is only active in six states, including Yucatán.

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