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Re: Kingdom of Spain approves gay marriage law

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  • 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 1 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:
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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.
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