For González the march had a very important effect.
“First of all, it shows our leaders how numerous the people with values are and how much they oppose the imposition of gender ideology. Secondly, it lets the people see how the press has sold out to this ideology and is determined to impose a news blackout on our demands, because there wasn’t a single secular media reporting on the march. Thirdly, the march has increased public awareness that people are mobilizing to participate in this fight,” she noted.
González also said that "if our claims are not addressed, we will continue with the other strategies that we are developing."
“It’s possible that we will hold other marches but, more than anything else, we will continue to inform citizens about their rights and we will resort to the courts to make our demand that the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico be enforced, which guarantees a non-sectarian public education and to defend the right of parents to raise their children according to their own values.”
Laje told ACI Prensa that “despite the heat, the burning sun, the storm forecast and COVID which discourages many people from participating in any heavily attended event, a great crowd gathered in front of the government buildings in San Juan," and that "the different speakers spoke out forcefully, aware of the relevance of the politics of these issues."
“In addition, that political awareness was shown by the fact that Catholics and Evangelicals both asked to participate in the march and share the same stage. Pastors and bishops spoke there, as well as lay people, both Catholics and Evangelicals. This is the type of unity that is needed to confront the attack of gender ideology, which endangers everyone's families regardless of their beliefs, which coerces everyone's individual freedoms regardless of the church each person attends,” explained Laje.
Laje also said that Puerto Rico "still has time to put a stop to gender ideology in its territory."
“There are people who think that these demonstrations are useless ... that’s a lie (…) The only thing we have is ourselves, and the possibility of demonstrating in the public square to show the political class that there’s a lot of votes on this side, and that in a democracy you have to pay close attention to what the majority thinks,” he concluded.
Diego Lopez Marina has a degree in Communication Sciences with a specialization in journalism from the University of San Martín de Porres (Peru). He began his professional career in 2015, as an editor for the Journalistic Archive area of the Diario El Comercio. In 2016 he began working as an writer for ACI Prensa and since 2018 he has been working as a web editor.