Spain’s parliament legalises gay marriages



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1. Various exteriors of Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies)
2. Flag flying
3. Pan of the interior of the Congress of Deputies
4. Electronic board showing vote results, UPSOUND: (Spanish) “Votes declared, 338, 187 in favour, 147 against, four abstentions.”
5. Members of parliament applauding
6. Electronic board showing vote results
7. Speaker pointing to gay activists, UPSOUND: (Spanish) “Leave the galleries, leave the galleries.”
8. Various of gay activists in balcony
9. Speaker of Parliament
10. Pan of gay activists leaving balcony
11. Members of parliament applauding
12. Activists in balcony
13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister:
“Today the Spanish society returns them (referring to gays) the respect they deserve, recognise their rights, restore their dignity, affirm their identity and gives them back their freedom.”
14. Various of gay activists outside celebrating and chanting
15. Two gay men kissing
16. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Vox pop, Pepe (Last name not given):
“I am basically moved by the people who couldn’t see this moment and for the young people who are going to face society in a new way.”
17. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Vox pop, Pedro Zerolo:
“It’s the happiest day of my life, and for so many women and men who for such a long time were discriminated, so it’s a very happy day when the homosexual dignity was recognised, when the plurality and diversity were recognised in this country.”
18. Gay activists holding rainbow flags in the air
19. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Mariano Rajoy, leader of Partido Popular, main opposition party
“Our position is very clear, we have the same position that the vast majority of worldwide countries have, except for two (The Netherlands and Belgium) countries. The matrimony throughout the history has been a regulation and an institution between a man and a woman and we will see what are the legal arguments and the legal possibilities that this law can proceed, we are going to study this, we’re can do it within a legal frame of two months.”
20. Exterior of Congress of Deputies

STORYLINE:

Spain’s Parliament legalised gay marriage on Thursday, defying Roman Catholic conservatives and clergy to make Spain the world’s third country to officially recognise same-sex unions.

Gay rights activists blew the lawmakers kisses after the vote.

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187-147 with four abstentions.


The law also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit property from each other.

Gay couples will be allowed to marry as soon as the law is published in the official government registry, the Boletin Oficial del Estado.

The Parliament’s press office said this could come as early as Friday or within two weeks at the latest.

After the final tally was announced, activists watching from the spectator section of the ornate chamber cried, cheered, hugged, waved to lawmakers and blew them kisses.

Several members of the conservative opposition Popular Party, which vehemently opposed the bill, shouted it was a disgrace.

Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy said after the vote that Zapatero has deeply divided Spain and should have sought a consensus in parliament that recognised same-sex unions, but didn’t call them marriages.

Rajoy said that if the vast majority of countries in the world don’t accept gay marriage, including some run by Socialists, there must be a reason.

The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other two countries that recognise gay marriage nationwide.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the reform of Spain’s legal code simply adds one dry paragraph of legalese – but means much, much more.

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