| Home

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Gay marriage in Spain affirmed by top court

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 2:12 p.m.

MADRID -- Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country's gay marriage law on Tuesday, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman.

The county's top court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the conservative Popular Party filed shortly after Spain became the world's third country to approve gay marriage.

Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage law in 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with Popular Party deputies opposed. The Popular Party took power late last year after the Socialists were ousted over their handling of the economy.

The gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it. Belgium and the Netherlands approved gay marriage laws before Spain.

More than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates notebook: Fastball command issues hurt Cole against Cubs
  2. High school notebook: WPIAL title games could stay at The Pete, Heinz Field
  3. Rossi: Cole is simply not good enough for Pirates
  4. Feds tapped top Pa. Treasury official’s phone during McCord probe
  5. New-look Steelers secondary is gaining some cohesion
  6. Environmental watchdog sues world’s largest steelmaker over Pennsylvania pollution
  7. Fishing report: Steelhead scarce, but other fishing good
  8. FBI, other authorities serve search warrant on methadone clinic near Uniontown
  9. Unity supervisors propose joint public meeting with school board
  10. Penguins recall Maatta in time for season opener in Dallas
  11. Fed insight gives stocks room to run; S&P 500 regains 2,000 mark