Spain’s top court affirms marriage equality

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By Anna Peirano

Spain’s Constitutional Court, the top court in Spain, rejected an appeal to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman on Tuesdsay, thus upholding the legality of gay marriage in the country.

The court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal filed by the conservative Popular Party just after Spain became the world’s third country to approve gay marriage back in 2005 (following Belgium and the Netherlands). 

The Parliament passed the law when it was controlled by the Socialist party. The Popular Party took over late last year. 

According to AP, “the gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it.”

Since the law was passed in 2005, more than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain. 

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