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Direland: SPANISH PREMIER ZAPATERO'S REMARKABLE GAY MARRIAGE SPEECH [translated]

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  • Davey Brain
    Hi all, On Direland is an English translation of Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero s inspirational speech as ... July
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 4, 2005
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      Hi all,
      On Direland <http://direland.typepad.com/> is an English translation of
      Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's inspirational speech as
      Spain becomes the 4th nation to legalize gay marriage:

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      July 01, 2005
      SPANISH PREMIER ZAPATERO'S REMARKABLE GAY MARRIAGE SPEECH

      When the Spanish parliament yesterday took its historic vote legalizing
      both gay marriage and adoption of children by gay couples, Socialist
      Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (left) -- who put the full
      prestige of his office and party behind passage of the gay human rights
      legislation -- made probably the most remarkable speech in favor of full
      equality for those with same-sex hearts ever delivered by a head of
      government anywhere, in which he quoted two of the most illustrious gay
      poets in history. Here are excerpts from Zapatero's speech:

      "We are not legislating, honorable members, for people far away and not
      known by us. We are enlarging the opportunity for happiness to our
      neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and, our families: at the same
      time we are making a more decent society, because a decent society is
      one that does not humiliate its members.


      In the poem 'The Family,' our [gay] poet Luis Cernuda (left) was sorry
      because, 'How does man live in denial in vain by giving rules that
      prohibit and condemn?'

      Today, the Spanish society answers to a group of people who, during many
      years have, been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, whose
      dignity has been offended, their identity denied, and their liberty
      oppressed. Today the Spanish society grants them the respect they
      deserve, recognizes their rights, restores their dignity, affirms their
      identity, and restores their liberty.

      It is true that they are only a minority, but their triumph is
      everyone's triumph. It is also the triumph of those who oppose this
      law, even though they do not know this yet: because it is the triumph of
      Liberty. Their victory makes all of us (even those who oppose the law)
      better people, it makes our society better. Honorable members, There is
      no damage to marriage or to the concept of family in allowing two people
      of the same sex to get married. To the contrary, what happens is this
      class of Spanish citizens get the potential to organize their lives with
      the rights and privileges of marriage and family. There is no danger to
      the institution of marriage, but precisely the opposite: this law
      enhances and respects marriage.

      Today, conscious that some people and institutions are in a profound
      disagreement with this change in our civil law, I wish to express that,
      like other reforms to the marriage code that preceded this one, this
      law will generate no evil, that its only consequence will be the
      avoiding of senseless suffering of decent human beings. A society that
      avoids senseless suffering of decent human beings is a better society.

      With the approval of this Bill, our country takes another step in the
      path of liberty and tolerance that was begun by the democratic change of
      government. Our children will look at us incredulously if we tell them
      that many years ago, our mothers had less rights than our fathers, or if
      we tell them that people had to stay married against their will even
      though they were unable to share their lives. Today we can offer them a
      beautiful lesson: every right gained, each access to liberty has been
      the result of the struggle and sacrifice of many people that deserve our
      recognition and praise.

      Today we demonstrate with this Bill that societies can better themselves
      and can cross barriers and create tolerance by putting a stop to the
      unhappiness and humiliation of some of our citizens. Today, for many of
      our countrymen, comes the day predicted by Kavafis [the great Greek gay
      poet, left ] one century ago:

      'Later 'twas said of the most perfect society/someone else, made like
      me/certainly will come out and act freely.' "

      Thanks to valiant gay journalist Rex Wockner for providing this
      translation. Posted by Doug Ireland at 04:40 PM
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      Davey Brain

      "It is dangerous to be right when the established authorities are wrong"
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    • Jeff Baker
      That is one of the most beautiful speeches that I have ever read. Davey Brain wrote:Hi all, On Direland
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 4, 2005
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        That is one of the most beautiful speeches that I have ever read.

        Davey Brain <dsbrain@...> wrote:
        Hi all,
        On Direland <http://direland.typepad.com/> is an English translation of
        Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's inspirational speech as
        Spain becomes the 4th nation to legalize gay marriage:

        --------
        July 01, 2005
        SPANISH PREMIER ZAPATERO'S REMARKABLE GAY MARRIAGE SPEECH

        When the Spanish parliament yesterday took its historic vote legalizing
        both gay marriage and adoption of children by gay couples, Socialist
        Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (left) -- who put the full
        prestige of his office and party behind passage of the gay human rights
        legislation -- made probably the most remarkable speech in favor of full
        equality for those with same-sex hearts ever delivered by a head of
        government anywhere, in which he quoted two of the most illustrious gay
        poets in history.  Here are excerpts from Zapatero's speech:

        "We are not legislating, honorable members, for people far away and not
          known by us.  We are enlarging the opportunity for happiness to our
        neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and, our families: at the same
        time  we are making a more decent society, because a decent society is
        one that does not humiliate its members.


        In the poem 'The Family,' our [gay] poet Luis Cernuda (left) was sorry
        because, 'How does man live in denial in vain    by giving rules that
        prohibit and condemn?'

        Today, the Spanish society answers to a group of people who, during many
          years have, been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, whose
        dignity has been offended, their identity denied, and their liberty
        oppressed. Today the Spanish society grants them the respect they
        deserve, recognizes their rights, restores their dignity, affirms their
        identity, and restores their liberty.

        It is true that they are only a minority, but their triumph is
        everyone's  triumph.  It is also the triumph of those who oppose this
        law, even though they do not know this yet: because it is the triumph of
        Liberty.  Their victory makes all of us (even those who oppose the law)
        better people, it makes our society better. Honorable members, There is
        no damage to marriage or to the concept of family in allowing two people
        of the same sex to get married. To the contrary, what happens is this
        class of Spanish citizens get the potential to organize their lives with
        the rights and privileges of marriage and family. There is no danger to
        the institution of marriage, but precisely the opposite: this law
        enhances and respects marriage.

        Today, conscious that some people and institutions are in a profound
        disagreement with this change in our civil law, I wish to express that,
          like other reforms to the marriage code that preceded this one, this
        law will generate no evil, that its only consequence will be the
        avoiding of senseless suffering of decent human beings. A society that
        avoids senseless suffering of decent human beings is a better society.

        With the approval of this Bill, our country takes another step in the
        path of liberty and tolerance that was begun by the democratic change of
        government.  Our children will look at us incredulously if we tell them
        that many years ago, our mothers had less rights than our fathers, or if
        we tell them that people had to stay married against their will even
        though they were unable to share their lives. Today we can offer them a
        beautiful lesson: every right gained, each access to liberty has been
        the result of the struggle and sacrifice of many people that deserve our
          recognition and praise.

        Today we demonstrate with this Bill that societies can better themselves
        and can cross barriers and create tolerance by putting a stop to the
        unhappiness and humiliation of some of our citizens.  Today, for many of
        our countrymen, comes the day predicted by Kavafis [the great Greek gay
        poet, left ] one century ago:

        'Later 'twas said of the most perfect society/someone else, made like
        me/certainly will come out and act freely.' "

        Thanks to valiant gay journalist Rex Wockner for providing this
        translation. Posted by Doug Ireland at 04:40 PM
        --------

        Yeah...
        BrokenBoy [been on a business trip to Chicago for a while and now returned]
        --
        Davey Brain

        "It is dangerous to be right when the established authorities are wrong"
        - Voltaire

        This OS/2 uptime is 0 d 23 h 36 m 22 seconds


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