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Spain confirms the outright the legality of gay marriage
(Blogmensgo, November 17, 2012) By a vote held on November 6th, 2012 The Spanish government "has no intention of changing the law" on gay marriage after the Constitutional Court has to confirm the legality, by eight votes against three . That at least is what was immediately declared by the People's Party (PP, Conservative), although it is in power and it has an absolute majority in Parliament.
The Constitutional Court had been seized by the PP about the law on marriage between persons of the same sex, enacted July 3, 2005 while the PP was in opposition. PP asked the highest court in Spain to refute the legality of the law, because the word marriage as understood by the Constitution, must devote the union of a man and a woman.
The 2005 law on gay marriage and homoparental adoption had made Spain a pioneer in the field. The Spanish Institute of Statistics estimated that more than 20,000 gay or lesbian marriages were celebrated between 2005 and 2011 in this country, or about 1.8% of total marriages. Spain has also become a place of "medical tourism" since 2005, this law has validated the in vitro fertilization for reproductive purposes.
The Catholic Church has always fought the Spanish law of 2005 that two-thirds of Spaniards support. Three months after its entry into force, the PP had filed a "constitutional remedy" to the Constitutional Court, which recently rejected this request as a last resort.
After the Constitutional Court's decision and the decision of PP was no longer in dispute of its provisions, the 2005 law on gay marriage and adoption by gay couples can be considered a definitive acquisition.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.