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Spain legalizes same-sex marriage

Good grief--this was one of the headlines on my homepage this morning.
I find it *astounding*:

Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages
June 30, 2005 5:38 AM EDT

MADRID, Spain - Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote.

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187 to 147. The bill, part of the ruling Socialists' aggressive agenda for social reform, also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit each others' property.

The bill is now law. The Senate, where conservatives hold the largest number of seats, rejected the bill last week. But it is an advisory body and final say on legislation rests with the Congress of Deputies.

After the final tally was announced, gay and lesbian activists watching from the spectator section of the ornate chamber cried, cheered, hugged, waved to lawmakers and blew them kisses.

Several members of the conservative opposition Popular Party, which was vehemently opposed to the bill, shouted: "This is a disgrace." Those in favor stood and clapped.

The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other two countries that allow gay marriage nationwide. Canada's House of Commons passed legislation Tuesday that would legalize gay marriage; its Senate is expected to pass the bill into law by the end of July.


My God, there really are changes taking place. Wow.

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gryphonrhi
Jun. 30th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
::nodding and grinning:: That was the first piece of news I heard this morning while I was getting dressed to go walk. Isn't it neat?
devohoneybee
Jun. 30th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! It's really amazing, and heartening, that "freedom" is still alive in the world. Thanks for passing on the good news.
sundara
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Hi guys :-) What struck me so much was....*Spain*. Land of the Spanish Inquisition! *Spain*! Not Germany, not somewhere in the north, like Norway, etc...but SPAIN. Geez. That's something.
devohoneybee
Jun. 30th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, I've heard Spain, or parts of it anyway, is something of a "party" country -- people stay out all night, going to clubs, enjoying themselves in a great rebound that began with the end of Franco's rule. The other thing I've heard is that, while Spain is clearly a "Catholic country," the feeling of the "old ways" hasn't been lost. One man told me he could feel the Goddess in all the old churches, which were built on sites of far older spiritual power, and that his grandmother had many ways of doing things with herbs and such that harkened back to older traditions. God (or Goddess) bless grandmothers, is all I can say. *grin*
sundara
Jun. 30th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
Party land, huh? That's interesting. I know they stay up late...but a lot of that has to do with siesta (which is still practiced) and because the sun doesn't set until late, especially in the south. My sister in law is spanish, and they really do tend to eat *late*...not like over there, which I hear is around 10pm. Ick.
gryphonrhi
Jun. 30th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it's also Spain that was so long getting rid of Franco. They don't *like* being told what to do, so far as I can tell; I'm wondering if the Church telling them not to vote this in may actually be what passed it.
sundara
Jun. 30th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking, rhi! Nothing like reverse psychology *g*
catdragon_
Jul. 1st, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)
Canada just passed it into law as well.
& or 8 provinces already had legalized gay marriage.
This is a good thing.
sundara
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yes! yay! But Canada isn't as...well, surprising to me. Canada's always had a kind of even-keel attitude, for the most part, it seems, despite any quirks. It's not an old Catholic bastion, either!
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