'Homophobic' judge guilty of lesbian adoption delay
A Spanish judge has been fined EUR 6,000 and suspended from his job for opposing the adoption of a child by a lesbian couple.MADRID – A court in southeastern Spain Tuesday fined and suspended a judge for opposing the adoption of a child by a lesbian couple, ruling he had acted out of "homophobia," judicial sources said.
The high court in the region of Murcia banned judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita from holding public employment for two years and ordered him to pay EUR 6,000 in compensation for having knowingly held up the adoption of a girl by the companion of her biological mother.
The court said the judge had "acted with real compulsive homophobia".
Calamita said he had acted "solely in the interests of the child", and condemned "people today who think that a practising Catholic cannot act as a judge in family affairs".
Spain has become a world leader in gay rights since the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero took office in 2004.
In July 2005 it became only the third member of the European Union, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to allow same-sex marriages with a law that also legalised adoptions by gays and lesbians.
[AFP / Expatica]