Under the hood


Much has been made over the fact that Mexico City is one of the few places in the world to allow same-sex marriages. There is some suspicion over the motives of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, under whose aegis the law was passed. For one thing, Ebrard has aspirations for the next presidential elections in 2012. His progressive actions --Mexico City is also one of the few places in the world where a woman can get a legal first-trimester abortion -- have raised his profile around the world, although they may not gather him many votes among the conservative Mexicans in the heartland. Further, Mexico City has a notable contingent of gay tourists from the United States and Europe, who by now may have heard of bars, clubs and other venues far more permissive than in their own home towns (even if those towns are Paris or New York). The passage of the law is sure to make even more homosexuals take notice. In any case, history is rife with good legislation passed for questionable reasons. In honor of Ebrard, this photo of a car parked on the streets of the definitely gay-friendly Colonia Condesa.