An effort to weaken Mexico's policy of strict separation of church and state has failed.
The proposal, made late last year by a member of the left-wing Morena Party, would have altered Mexico's Law of Religious Associations and Public Worship to remove a specific reference to a provision ensuring "separation of the State and churches," reported the Associated Press.
Had it passed, the measure would have given religious groups greater access to media, allowed more church ownership of property and allowed religious leaders to have a greater presence in government-owned facilities.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly opposed the measure, effectively killing it.
"I do not think that modifying this principle helps on...