[extropy-chat] Spain has become the third country in Europe to legalise gay marriage
pgptag at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 05:03:43 UTC 2005
This makes me really proud of the country where I live. Of course the new
law had a lot of coverage on Spanish television. The legal definitions of
"marriage" has been changed accordingly in such a way as to make no
references to different sex. The Spanish PM said that he expects strong
opposition by Pope Benedict, but in a democracy the choice of the people
wins, and indeed polls show that two thirds of Spaniards are in favor of the
new law. This, I think, is an important victory for civil rights in Europe.
Spain has become the third country in Europe to legalise gay marriage, with
parliament also giving same-sex couples the right to adopt children. Mr
Zapatero's Socialists won the support of several small parties as the bill
was passed by 183 votes in favour, 136 against, with six abstentions in the
350-seat lower chamber.
"This is a historic day for everybody who believes in equality, justice and
rights," said Beatriz Gimeno, president of the country's Federation of
Lesbians, Gays and Transexuals.
The phrase "matrimony shall have the same requisites and effects regardless
of whether the persons involved are of the same or different sex" should now
be added to Spain's law books.
"This is an initiative that brings up to date a question of rights within
society," said the justice minister, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar. "It is a
reform that improves people's lives." Belgium and the Netherlands are the
only two other European countries that have legalised gay marriage so far.
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