Thursday, June 30, 2005

Spain, OLE!


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.

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187-147. 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.
USA Today, June 30, 2005

1 comment:

Nefersdaddy said...

Having lived in Spain for 8 years of my life, I can really say "OLE!" with the best of them.. Their legalizing gay marriage is a step in the right direction.. now if we can get the rest of the united states to see it that way..
on that same track of thought, the State of New York (the "EXCELSIOR" state) in which i live, has this cute little law on the books.. stating that if you were married in another country, i.e. canada, spain, netherlands... they have to accept your marriage as LEGAL! a gay couple we know went to canada last year and got married up there.. They now have the same rights as a Hetersexual couple, in the ability to have insurance, adopt children.. so on and so forth..
Nice, huh??
hugs to all