Spain's PM to pose as gay rights cover star
27 June 2005, MADRID — In the week when the upper house of the Spanish parliament approves the legalisation of gay marriages, the prime minister appeared on the cover of a gay magazine 'Zero'.
27 June 2005
MADRID — In the week when the upper house of the Spanish parliament approves the legalisation of gay marriages, the prime minister appeared on the cover of a gay magazine 'Zero'.
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero became the first serving prime minister to pose for the cover of the magazine just days before the new law was due to come into force.
It will allow gay marriage and adoption, making Spain only the third country in Europe after Belgium and the Netherlands to have such a law.
Zapatero wrote an article for the magazine's July issue, which is entitled 'A better country'.
In the article, the prime minister says: "The law is going to benefit all society".
"It is going to make us a better country because it dignifies those who have not been justly treated for many years," he added.
Zapatero said the new law was the wish of the majority of the people, the politicians and the parliament.
In 2002, Zapatero was also on the cover of the same magazine, which campaigns for gay rights. But at that time he was the leader of the Socialist opposition.
The opposition Popular Party, the Catholic Church and the Forum for the Family led a march of at least 200,000 people through Madrid earlier this month against gay marriage and adoption.
The Forum threatens to hold more marches against the new law.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news