First couple marry under new gay wedding law

12th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2005, MADRID — Two Spanish men who have been together for 30 years were married, the first couple to wed under Spain's new law allowing same-sex marriages.

12 July 2005

MADRID — Two Spanish men who have been together for 30 years were married, the first couple to wed under Spain's new law allowing same-sex marriages.

The ceremony took place in Tres Cantos, a town outside Madrid, eight days after Spain became the third country in the world to grant full legal recognition to same-sex couples.

The other countries to do so are the Netherlands and Belgium. Similar legislation is pending in Canada.

Spanish television showed the couple - identified as Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin - laughing and displaying their wedding rings after the ceremony at the town hall in Tres Cantos.

Pedro Zerolo, the ruling Socialist party's top official for social issues, attended the wedding.

The new law gives gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones. Besides getting married, they can adopt children and inherit each other's property.

Since the law took effect on 3 July about 50 couples are believed to have filed papers seeking to get married.

The justice ministry estimates that about 10 percent of Spain's 44 million people are homosexual.

The Roman Catholic church in Spain has called for civil authorities which oppose gay marriage to refuse to preside over same-sex weddings.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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