2150Re: Kingdom of Spain approves gay marriage law
- Jul 1, 2005congradulations to spain and to canada and to belgium and netherlands
lets hope more countrys follow suit and see that eqality is the right
thing to do--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dale Parker Anderson"
> The Spanish Parliament has given final approval to a law legalising
> gay marriage, overriding fierce opposition from the Catholic
> Spain becomes only the fourth country after Canada, Belgium and the
> Netherlands to permit same-sex marriage.
> Applause broke out in the crowded public gallery as legislators
> voted to push through the law despite its rejection by the upper
> house, the Senate.
> "With the approval of this law, our country takes a further step on
> the road of freedom and tolerance," Socialist Prime Minister Jose
> Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said.
> Mr Zapatero has embarked on progressive social reforms since his
> election last year.
> The Catholic Church has strongly resisted the same-sex marriage law
> but a survey last year showed 70 per cent of Spaniards supported
> legalising gay marriage.
> Earlier this month, bishops and nuns marched through Madrid with
> hundreds of thousands of Spaniards to protest against gay marriage
> and last month, Spanish Roman Catholic bishops commanded all
> Catholics to resist applying the same-sex marriage law.
> The law gives same-sex unions the same status as heterosexual ones,
> including inheritance rights, pensions and the adoption of
> During the 1939 to 1975 dictatorship of Francisco Franco,
> homosexuality, divorce and abortion were illegal.
> But since Franco's death the country has adopted some of the most
> liberal views in Europe.
> Mr Zapatero's liberal reforms are popular among young Spaniards,
> fewer than one fifth of whom are practising Catholics.
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