In 2005 Spain became the third nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage behind the Netherlands and Belgium. The law was enacted under the Socialist Party government, which lost control to the Popular Party last year due to failed economic policies.
Although most Spanish citizens support the initiative, it is heavily opposed by the Roman Catholic Church. Still, more than 22,000 same-sex couples have marriage since 2005 and more marriages will come. Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the law 8 to 3, dismissing the Popular Party appeal.