Spain votes in favour of gay marriage and adoption law
30 June 2005, MADRID — Spain's lower house of parliament has voted in favour of allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children.
30 June 2005
MADRID — Spain's lower house of parliament has voted in favour of allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children.
The controversial decision overrules last week's rejection of the bill by the upper house, the Senate.
The bill will become law in a month's time, making Spain Europe's third nation after the Netherlands and Belgium to allow same sex marriages.
A Roman Catholic group had presented MPs with a 600,000-signature petition opposing the legislation.
The Family Forum group has also been calling for a referendum on the issue.
They have urged conservative deputies to take legal action to have gay marriages declared unconstitutional.
Public opinion polls suggest that although the majority of Spaniards describe themselves as Catholic they are in favour of gay marriages.
The leaders of Spain's Roman Catholic Church strongly opposed the bill. Some have even likened the proposal to introducing a virus into Spanish society.
The new law puts same-sex and heterosexual marriages on the same legal footing, including the right to adopt children.
About 5,000 gay couples in Spain have already announced they are queuing up to say 'I do'.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news