As an expat living is Spain and having married under this law tonight is a good night.
cheers – the vat of poo located in Rome thought they could put the tooth past back in the tube. they lost Too bad we cant put all ther poo back in the hole under their noses.
Yet another nail in the heart of the roman cult.
To lose in a supposed catholic country must be close to one of their final insults.
No doubt they will spend more of their followers money in pursuing their hatred.
Dave – the majority of Spanish in the street are really OK with this. We live in a small village inland and when the Bands were posted on the village notice board all we got from the villagers was very warm congratulations.
It may be a Catholic country but you find a lot of the Spanish are more forward and free thinking than most others.
This was driven by the current Prime Minister who is a staunch Catholic and it is a personal view of his, not the majority of his party.
I wonder if they can find an avenue that they have yet to attack.
Well done Spain. Sense and sensitivity have prevailed.
Well done Spain in keeping the equality marriage law! Two people of the same sex in a loving relationship have a right to express their love and also be happily equally married under the law!
Now let’s hope voters at the ballot in three states in the United States, namely Maryland, Maine and Washington State KEEP the equality marriage law!
In MInnesota voters should REJECT the bigoted and hateful Constitutional Amendment that says “marriage is a union between a man and a woman”!
3 for 4 in the USA and WA state most likely to make 4 for 4 re equality.
Wow, this story was a real “Here tomorrow; Gone today” deal…
It seems like only this morning that the appeal was put to the court, and they’ve already thrown it out.
Actually, the appeal was lodged in 2005! The PN report earlier today was only to alert us that a judgement was due.
A seven-year deliberation is not the finest hour for Spanish jurisprudence – justice delayed and all that.
It’s possible that the time that passed helped inform a decision – support remained strong in Spain, marriages went off smoothly, additional European countries introduced equality without problems, and the ECHR gave some important rulings on the rather similar wording of ECHR article 12, as I mentioned earlier.
And whether the delay was wise, or a sign of a struggling constitutional court system, at least they got there in the end.
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The real news here is that the government is using this as a pretext to drop the issue.
We won’t have the text of the ruling for several days, but it is very likely that the constitutional court found that Parliament is free to choose whether to have same-sex marriage or marriage-like civil unions, or neither. I think it is very unlikely that the court has argued that Spain is obliged to offer marriage equality.
But Mr Gallardon has said he will leave the marriage equality law alone. Assuming he doesn’t change his tune when he reads the ruling, that’s a big concession.
This is not just a victory for reading comprehension on the part of three-quarters of the judges. It’s also a victory for the Spanish people’s support of marriage equality.
Legal victories and democratic victories are both precious in their own way. This news brings a bit of both.