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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 1 of 2 , Jul 4, 2005
      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

      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

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

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