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Mexico Supreme Court rules anti-gay words 'puñal' and 'maricón' are hate speech

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled two common anti-gay terms were hate speech and no longer protected by the country's constitution.

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Two men kiss during the Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City on June 30, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Two common anti-gay words have been outlawed in Mexico.

The Supreme Court ruled “puñal” and “maricón,” which mean faggot, are hate speech and no longer protected as freedom of expression under the constitution, Mexican newspaper Milenio reported Thursday.

A majority of the magistrates voted in favor of a journalist who sued a reporter at a rival newspaper who had written a column referring to him as “puñal” and his colleagues as “maricones," the Associated Press reported.

The magistrates said the terms were “offensive and discriminatory” and constituted hate speech.