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Kingdom of Spain approves gay marriage law

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  • Dale Parker Anderson
    The Spanish Parliament has given final approval to a law legalising gay marriage, overriding fierce opposition from the Catholic Church. Spain becomes only the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 30, 2005
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      The Spanish Parliament has given final approval to a law legalising
      gay marriage, overriding fierce opposition from the Catholic Church.

      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 children.

      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.
    • gary_davis31533
      congradulations 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
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 1, 2005
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        congradulations 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 gaykingdom@yahoogroups.com, "Dale Parker Anderson"
        <gaysovereign@y...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > The Spanish Parliament has given final approval to a law legalising
        > gay marriage, overriding fierce opposition from the Catholic
        Church.
        >
        > 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
        children.
        >
        > 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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