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Old 06-30-2005, 01:59 AM   #1
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Oh Spain!

Spanish MPs approve gay marriages

Spain's lower house of parliament has voted in favour of allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children.

The controversial decision overrules last week's rejection of the bill by the upper house, the Senate.

The bill will become law in a month's time, making Spain Europe's third nation after the Netherlands and Belgium to allow same sex marriages.

Polls suggest most Spaniards back the move, although two weeks ago thousands joined a Madrid rally against the bill.
We knew this was coming, but now it's official!

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Old 06-30-2005, 02:08 AM   #2
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They're good people, those Spaniards.
And they make excellent wine!

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Wow, 2 in one week!

Congrats to Spain, and to the gay community and their family and friends there.
and you hunger for the time
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Now they must try to get those gays to make babies, get the birthrates up, something not fixed by adoption.
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Good job Spain!
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excellent news!

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Originally posted by pax
Wow, 2 in one week!

Congrats to Spain, and to the gay community and their family and friends there.
I hear you there! I wish our government would "see the light."
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You can't single out gay people as the reason for low birthrates.

Good for Spain.
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how do you feel about these spanish eyes now?

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More good news. Really helping my faith in humanity.

Way to go, Spain .

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It is spreading over the globe

like a plague


In a number of countries in Europe, the status of "registered partnership" has been established.

In 1989, Denmark became the first country to institute legislation granting registered same-sex partners the same rights as married couples. Church weddings are not allowed.

Norway, Sweden and Iceland all enacted similar legislation in 1996, and Finland followed suit six years later.

The Netherlands became the first country to offer full civil marriage rights to gay couples in 2001.

In neighbouring Belgium gay marriages were allowed in 2003.

In June 2005, Spanish MPs voted in favour of allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children. The bill is set to become law in July.

The lower house was able to overrule the Senate, which rejected the bill.

Germany has allowed same-sex couples to register for "life partnerships" since 2001. The law only gives couples the same inheritance and tenants' rights as heterosexual married couples.

France in 1999 introduced a civil contract called the Pacs, which gives some rights to cohabiting couples, regardless of sex. These do not include the full rights of marriage, notably over taxes, inheritance and adoption. In 2004, a mayor conducted the country's first gay marriage, but it was later nullified by a court.

In Luxembourg, a law on civil partnerships largely inspired by the French model was introduced in 2004.

In Britain, legislation due to come into force in December 2005 will give same-sex couples in registered partnerships similar rights to married couples, in areas such as pensions, property, social security, and housing.


In June 2005, Canada's parliament approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. It is expected to win Senate approval and become law by July, making Canada the third country after the Netherlands and Belgium to allow gay marriages. Gay marriage is already legal in eight of 10 provinces and one of Canada's three territories.


In December, 2004, New Zealand's parliament passed controversial legislation to recognise civil unions between gay couples.


Many states have passed amendments to their constitutions defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Congress has failed to approve a similar amendment to the US constitution.

President George W Bush has made clear that he supports such an amendment.
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It's a revelution baby and it can't be stopped!

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