Gay couples take advantage of law change
16 June 2006, MADRID — A total of 1,275 gay couples in Spain have taken their wedding vows since the law permitting same-sex marriages went into effect.
16 June 2006
MADRID — A total of 1,275 gay couples in Spain have taken their wedding vows since the law permitting same-sex marriages went into effect.
According to figures from the government's National Statistics Institute, in 923 marriages both partners were men and in 352 cases the couples were women.
The Spanish Parliament passed the law permitting same-sex marriages on 30 June last year, in a move rejected by conservatives and the Catholic Church.
Spain became the fourth country in the world to regularize gay marriages after Holland, Belgium and Canada.
The law modifies more than a dozen specific articles of Spanish Civil Law ruling that marriage must be contracted only between persons of different sexes.
The goal of the reform was to give equal rights to heterosexual and gay couples which, as soon as the law went into effect, were able to adopt children, inherit the assets of their spouses and get a divorce under the same terms as in traditional unions.
Gay and lesbian couples also have the right to widows' or widowers' pensions, plus work and tax benefits which before the law change were only enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news