Same-sex marriage is however permitted in Mexico City, as well as in several states including Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Sonora. Pena Nieto’s measure would have only extended that right nationally. Mexico’s Supreme Court said last year that laws restricting marriage to a man and woman were unconstitutional. In Mexico, only civil marriages are recognized by law. A march with thousands participants against same sex marriage was organized in September by the National Front for the Family, in Mexico City. After, even Pope Francis showed his support of Mexico’s Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage. “I join willingly the Bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil society in favor of the family and of life, which at this time require special pastoral and cultural attention worldwide,” Francis said.