By a 187-147 vote Thursday by the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Spain became the third nation to legalize same sex marriage. Both Belgium & Holland allow same sex marriage, & Canada is in the process of legalizing it. The 350 seat Congress approved the bill despite a negative recommendation from the advisory Senate. The bill was one of the most controversial planks of the Socialist platform & is strongly supported by the Spanish Prime Minister.
The law, which will also legalize gay adoption & inheritance provisions, will take effect as soon as it is officially published, which may be as early as today or at the latest in 2 weeks.
Opposers of the law, including the Catholic Bishops conference & the Popular Party, have urged the populous to oppose the law. Some have advocated that public officials who preside over marriages refuse to preside over same sex marriages. Others have called for appealing the law to the Spanish Constitutional Court. Among the general Spanish population, 62% support same sex marriage rights & 30% oppose it. The population is evenly divided on whether homosexual couplse should be able to adopt.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26