by Plutonium Page
Thu Jun 30th, 2005 at 01:41:44 PM EST
promoted from the diaries by Jerome.
This is so cool:
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.
Polls suggest most Spaniards back the move, although two weeks ago thousands joined a Madrid rally against the bill.
What a great quote from Zapatero:
We are not legislating, ladies and gentlemen, for remote unknown people - we are expanding opportunities for the happiness of our neighbours, our work colleagues, our friends, our relatives.
Of course, there is opposition, but the part in bold (my emphasis) is worth noting:
They [a Roman Catholic group] are urging conservative lawmakers to take legal action to have gay marriages declared unconstitutional.
Some of Spain's local mayors have said they will not officiate at gay marriages.
The Roman Catholic Church wields great influence in Spain, but the BBC's Katya Adler in Madrid says that since the Madrid bomb attacks in March 2004, Spaniards want unity among their people more than anything.
The vote was carried with 187 votes in favour, 147 against and four abstentions.
Ah, unity. What a contrast to crap like this, in the United States:
Focus on the Family is promoting the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable -- a message routinely silenced today. We want people to know that individuals don't have to be gay. That's why we've developed a one-day conference for those looking for answers on this often-divisive issue. Whether you are an educator, parent, concerned citizen or even a gay activist, Love Won Out will inform, inspire and offer you hope.
Oh please. And then there's out-and-out hatred from Reverend Phelps, who founded godhatesfags.com.
Anyway, much applause for Spain, and other enlightened nations.