by Rex Wockner
Gays and Catholics clashed outside the Roman Catholic cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug. 21 and 22 after Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez called gays "faggots" ("maricones") and accused Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of bribing the Mexican Supreme Court to uphold Mexico City's recent legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption.
Hundreds of LGBT people staged protests and hundreds of Catholics formed what one local report called "a human shield" to protect the church.
"Honestly, I was worried that they would damage the building, throwing things at it or matters of that sort," said cathedral defender Emilio González Guzmán, son of Jalisco Gov. Emilio González.
The Supreme Court also ruled that same-sex marriages and adoptions by married gay couples that take place in Mexico City must be recognized in all 31 of Mexico's states.