Constitutional court gets appeal over national anthem

A woman has gone to the Sala IV constitutional court to seek action against what she says are gross and discriminatory phrases against women contained in the national anthem, the Himno Nacional.

Among other things she objects to the line that says verĂ¡s a tu pueblo valiente y viril, which means “you will see your people valiant and virile.” As in English, viril means having the characteristics of a strong man. She also objects to phrases that talk about men and boys but not women and girls.

The woman, identified by a Poder Judicial summary as Oriette Zonta Elizondo, wants the court to declare the song unconstitutional and order that the song be rewritten.

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