Gay Marriage

Two in a Row: Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage


Spain legalized gay marriage on Thursday, defying threats by the Catholic Church and the Spanish Family Forum, which presented lawmakers with a 600,000 signature petition against gay marriage in advance of the vote. The vote passed by a margin of 187-147.

Spain is now recognized as the fourth country, following Canada this week, to allow same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. With Spain's marriage law comes equal inheritance and adoption rights for gays.

Prime Minister Zapataro said, "We are not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality...We are not legislating, ladies and gentlemen, for remote unknown people. We are expanding opportunities for the happiness of our neighbors, our work colleagues, our friends, our relatives."

See also
The Gays Get Massive Attention in Spain [tr]
Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Gay Marriage in Spain [tr]
Zapatero Zaps it To Em [tr]

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  1. This is just making me more and more depressed on the eve of July 4th.

    Posted by: Ed Aycock | Jun 30, 2005 9:16:14 AM

  2. Viva Spain.

    I am amazed that the worlds leading democracy can be so far behind the curve on so many social issues.
    We lead the world in Nobel prizes, we lead the world in higher education, we lead the world in entertainment and communication, people come here to improve their economic standards and too prove themselves worthy of world wide stature.
    Yet our leaders are afraid to lead on issues of respect and equality. These same leaders cowtow to people whose vision of the world has not changed since the dark ages. Our elected leaders fear the bright light of modernity fear the future and hide behind the safety of the past.

    Ask any older gay person or African American the decades before 1970 were not such great times unless you were middle or upper middle white protestants.
    Jews, catholics, women, non-english speakers, fey men or single women need not apply.

    The rest of the world is leading the greatest economic power history has ever seen.
    Huzzah for Spain and Canada this week. May the people bless their leaders.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 30, 2005 9:29:33 AM

  3. why is the US always the lst to get on the civil rights boat?

    anyways, congrats to our friends south of the border!

    Posted by: me | Jun 30, 2005 9:31:32 AM

  4. South of the border? Are you living in France?

    Posted by: Edwardo | Jun 30, 2005 9:47:26 AM

  5. Obviously, the U.S.A. is not the world's leading democracy. Economic power and consumer choice are misconstrued by many to be signs or validations of American "freedom" and "democracy". Spain's democracy in action on the Iraq war and gay equality are goals America should strive for.

    Posted by: timothy | Jun 30, 2005 11:54:57 AM

  6. lol - Edwardo... too funny. I love American geography... or the lack thereof.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 30, 2005 1:02:18 PM

  7. Now i just need someone that wants to get married with me ;)

    Posted by: Soliloco | Jul 1, 2005 10:45:50 AM

  8. Hi!
    I love to know that spain have a very actualy way of live.
    I would like to married a guy there. If you know anyone that want a brazilian man, please let me know.
    Many thanks

    Posted by: Sidney | Jul 12, 2005 4:03:51 AM

  9. i am good girl lookin for good man

    Posted by: kate | Mar 25, 2006 6:06:45 AM

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