Gay foreigners face obstacles to marry in Spain

21st July 2005, Comments 0 comments

21 July 2005, MADRID — A major Spanish gay rights group claimed foreigners who wanted to take advantage of the new same-sex marriage law are already facing obstacles.

21 July 2005

MADRID — A major Spanish gay rights group claimed foreigners who wanted to take advantage of the new same-sex marriage law are already facing obstacles.

In a statement, a Spanish organization of lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals (COLEGAS) said gay couples from abroad trying to get married in Spain are being asked to produce certificates from their countries stating such marriage would be legal there.

COLEGAS said it does not make sense to demand a certificate of that kind as "only the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada allow such marriages".

It said Article 50 of Spain's Civil Code says foreign citizens "may marry, and the regulations of either Spain or their respective countries may be applied".

Spain legalized gay marriage and adoption last month.

Two weeks ago, a homosexual couple residing in the north-eastern Spanish town of Canet de Mar were refused marriage because one of them was an Indian citizen.

On Tuesday, a judge in the province of Alicante filed initial paperwork challenging the new law on constitutional grounds.

COLEGAS said both were instances of "flagrant legal rebellion and disobedience of the law" by some judges and officials, and "a form of conscientious objection".

The group also encouraged gays and lesbians to take appropriate measures to see the law is enforced and urged them to avail themselves "freely" of the Constitution's Article 14.

That article says all Spaniards are equal under the law and may not be discriminated against on grounds of birthplace, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social status or circumstance.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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