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POLITICS: Spain Takes Step Toward Approving Gay Marriage

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posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 12:36 PM
The government of Spain has approved a draft legislation that if passed into to law would sanction gay marriage. Spain would become the third country to do so. This passage came despite strong objections from the powerful Catholic church. The bill would give couples the same rights as heterosexual in regards to inheritance, divorce and children.
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain took a major step to becoming the third country to legalise gay marriage when its Socialist government approved a draft law on Thursday to give gay couples rights to marry, divorce and adopt children.

Despite strong criticism from Spain's powerful Catholic church, the cabinet approved a draft text which would give gay couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts, including inheritance and pension benefits.

The bill, little changed from an earlier draft in October, will now be sent to parliament where it is expected to pass comfortably. Polls show the proposal enjoys firm support from Spain's increasingly liberal population.

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It will be very interesting to see if other countries pick up the baton and run with it. I can see this passing by a wide margin in many countries and most in the E.U. Bush will not get his constitutional amendment passed and I can see it become a state by state thing here in America.

[edit on 12/30/04 by FredT]

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