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A Brief Summary of Gay Marriage in Spain


After a torrid history of poor treatment of gays under the Francisco Franco regime, Spain became the third nation in the world, behind the Netherlands and Belgium, to grant gay and lesbian couples equal marriage protections on July 3, 2005.

Gay Marriage Upheld

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-controlled, which lost control to the Popular Party last year due to failed economic policies.

Although most Spanish citizens supported the initiative, it was 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 a Popular Party appeal.
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