Spanish Parliament OKs same-sex marriage

By |2005-05-05T09:00:00-04:00May 5th, 2005|Uncategorized|

Spain’s Congress of Deputies voteed to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption April 21. The vote was 183 to 136 with six abstentions.
The bill now moves to the Senate where it should pass as well, although the Senate’s apprlval is not necessary for the bill to become law.
The measeure modifies the Civil Code in 16 places, mostly replaceing the words “husband” and “wife” with “spouse,” and the words “father” and “mother” with “parent.” It also states: “Matrimony will have the same requirements and effects when both parties are of the same sex or different sexes.”
Spain will be the third coutnry to legalize full same-sex marriage, following the Netherlands and Belgium. Eight Canadian provinces and territories and one U.S. state also allow same-sex couples full access to marriage.
About 66 percent of Spaniards approve of gay marriage, polls have found.
The first same-sex weddings should occur by September.

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