Zapatero faces more protests against gay marriage law
23 June 2005, MADRID — Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero faces more demonstrations against his government's controversial law to legalise gay weddings and adoption.
23 June 2005
MADRID — Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero faces more demonstrations against his government's controversial law to legalise gay weddings and adoption.
The Catholic Forum for the Family has threatened to hold a repeat demonstration against the new law which is expected to come into force by the end of the month.
Last Saturday, at least 200,000 people, lead by cardinals and bishops from the Spanish Roman Catholic Church, marched through Madrid to protest against the law.
The upper house of the Spanish parliament also vetoed the law, but this veto is expected to be overturned when it returns to the lower house.
Benigno Blanco, vice-president of the Forum for the Family, said more demonstrations were planned if Zapatero does not agree to meet family groups to discuss the issue.
Blanco rejected an offer with the deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, to meet members of his group.
Blanco said the family consisted of a man, a woman and the children, adding "the union of homosexuals is not a family because it lacks this opening of life".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news