Spain's Constitutional Court [rejected] an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman. The county's top court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the conservative Popular Party.
Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage law in 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with Popular Party deputies opposed. The Popular Party took power late last year after the Socialists were ousted over their handling of the economy. The gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it. More than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain.
Spain has the distinction of being "on the frontline of LGBT rights," reports the Global Post. When it legalized marriage equality in June 2005, it was became only the third country to do so after Belgium and the Netherlands. It also became "only the third country in the world to allow same-sex marriage with legislation that also allowed gay couples to adopt children."
Bravo. It's a sweet victory because last year at this time many progressives feared that Mariano Rajoy's PP would rollback protections for women and LGBTs.
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