Probe after eaterie bans gay wedding reception

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10 October 2006, MADRID — An investigation was underway by the local authority in Madrid after a restaurant refused to host a wedding reception for a homosexual couple.

10 October 2006

MADRID — An investigation was underway by the local authority in Madrid after a restaurant refused to host a wedding reception for a homosexual couple.

La Favorita Restaurant refused to hold the nuptial banquet because of "company policy," a spokesperson said.

The city council is investigating possible discrimination against the couple, said the city council spokesman Miguel Angel Villanueva.

The probe was launched after reports in the media about the case.

Angel Villanueva said there was no record of any complaint being filed by those affected.

Villanueva said a possible offence against consumer rights might have been committed.

Same-sex marriages have been lawful in Spain since July 2005, which a year later has permitted some 4,500 couples to wed.

The law, proposed by the governing socialists, was approved by parliament.

The main conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) claimed the law was unconstitutional.

Madrid's local government is headed by the PP.

By passing the law, Spain became the fourth country in the world after Holland, Belgium and Canada to allow same-sex marriage, unions that are also recognized in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. EFE

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Subject: Spanish news

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