On April 2, the lead singer of hugely popular Mexican rock band Maná sent an incredibly moving and heart-felt message of love, respect, and understanding when it comes to full recognition for gay couples to the band's nearly 8 million followers on its Facebook page.
Below is the full translated statement:
Full recognition for same-sex couples is not just a question of equality, it is also a matter of justice. Today there are places where these expressions of love cause confrontation. But the potential for love is a human right and a legitimate way to pursue happiness.
Our freedom to choose is protected by free will. When a human being loves another honestly and responsibly with true surrender, there is no impurity. We transcend when we love our neighbor, when we are able to give and love even until it hurts. Loving ourselves and loving others is the only possible way to live in harmony. Peace, like Benito Juarez said, is the result of the respect for the rights of others. No to discrimination, yes to tolerance. No to indifference, yes to respect. No to prejudice, yes to understanding.
In a chaotic world where there is still too much hatred, all expressions of love are important so that we do not forget that, even in spite of our imperfections, we are called to be angels. Because the only sin is the absence of love.
Latino support for LGBT people and issues is strong and ever-growing. GLAAD thanks Fher and his wife Mónica Noguera, who's also an ally along with Maná for their work to increase acceptance and respect for LGBT people around the world.