Spain sees first married gay couple murder

16th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Spaniard was apparently killed by his husband who later committed suicide.

MADRID – Spain has recorded its first ever case of murder involving a married gay couple since the government allowed same-sex unions five years ago, local authorities said Wednesday.

A 34-year-old Spaniard died on Tuesday in the town of Adra, in the southern region of Andalucia, after allegedly being stabbed in the neck by his Moroccan-born husband, who then committed suicide.

The couple had been separated for two months.

Municipal authorities in Adra, where the victim worked in the town hall, plan to declare a day of mourning, they said in a statement.

It was Spain's first ever case of murder involving a gay couple since the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero passed a law allowing same-sex marriages in 2005.

A gay and lesbian rights association, Colegas, said domestic violence was "unfortunately frequent among homosexuals couples" but remained "too often an invisible reality".

The government has launched a number of initiatives in recent years to address the problem of domestic violence in Spain, where at least 70 women were killed by their partner or ex-partner in 2008.

A law passed in 2004 guaranteed that the state would take care of all the financial, legal, and health needs of women who had been victims of domestic violence.

But Colegas called for it to be applied "in the same manner" to homosexuals, saying gays and lesbians were not adequately protected by the law.

AFP / Expatica

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