The Supreme Court of Justice of Mendoza he prefers to leave the archaic customs as they are. That is why this Wednesday he declared that the municipal ordinance of Guaymallén that had eliminated the election of the vintage queen in the department, arguing that the pageant “objectified women.” Instead, the commune wanted to pay tribute “to the makers of culture and production.” By majority, the highest court decided that it prefers to see a complete parade of queens in the popular provincial event, which implies that Guaymellén must yes or yes send a local representative.
From the Municipality of Guaymallén they had already announced that they will abide by the decision made by the highest court, despite not agreeing. “My way of thinking will not change because it is something anachronistic, retrograde and discriminatory, but we are going to comply with the Court’s ruling, whatever it may be. Since the rulings are to be followed and therefore it is an issue that is falling due to its its own weight,” Mayor Iglesias said at the time.
In the ruling, the provincial courtiers said the ban on the election implied “an infringement of rights what it means to protect” and declared unconstitutional ordinance No. 9196/21 of the Guaymallén Deliberative Council. “The solution to prohibit contained in the ordinance, necessarily directed at the community of the people, takes the form of a suspicious measure in terms of its purpose and in principle contradicts the duty to respect, in cultural matters, the free action of those who express themselves in their creativityd,” the ruling added.
In this sense, the judges estimated that the municipality should compensate Julieta Belén Lonigro, who was the candidate who was elected at a party not endorsed by the municipality, since she understands “she was a driving force behind this cause, first with an administrative claim before the Municipality of Guaymallén, and later, after the denial of his request, with the commencement of this case before this Supreme Court of Justice, which deserves special attention and recognition”.
While, in dissent, Judge Omar Palermo supported “the democratic legitimacy of the ordinance.” He explained that this regulation was dictated by a large majority of the Deliberative Council and without votes against any of the political forces that comprise it.
A regulation that could not be
Last year, the municipality of Guaymallén decided to break the araic scheme and decided not to present candidate for queen in the archaic award ceremony. As explained by the municipality, it was a decision of its deliberative council that, at the proposal of the local mayor Marcelino Iglesias, voted in majority the end of the election of the queen.
The decision had generated an earthquake within the ruling alliance in Mendoza. It is that the PRO, party allied with the local mayor, tried to defend in a letter the figure of the queen as “cultural heritage of Mendoza”, and assured that the election of candidates does not imply “violence and denigration of women”. But not only that: he even orchestrated the parallel contest in which Lonigro resulted.
back then, The Commission of National Harvest Queens (Corenave) and the Commission of Queens of Guaymallén (Coreguay) filed a lawsuit before the Court to enable the participation in the harvest ceremonies of the so-called “blue queen” of Guaymallén, who had been elected in a “parallel” party, without municipal endorsement. And Chamber II of the Court upheld the precautionary measure promoted by the organizations of former queens, suspended the ordinance and ordered the municipality to designate a representative for the traditional grape harvest acts of 2022.
Following a series of public hearings that took place late last year, The Court ended up ruling this Wednesday against the ordinance and resolving that the municipality must have a representative at the National Harvest Festival, which will take place on February 10.