Marriage Equality in Spain Threatened by New Conservative Leadership

Progressive Spaniards fear for what will happen to marriage equality and other laws under Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy's conservative government.

The PP has challenged in the Constitutional Court a 2005 law allowing gay marriage. Rajoy (pictured) has said he supports civil unions for homosexual couples but does not think they should be called marriages.

RajoyMany gay and lesbian couples are rushing to marry, The Telegraph reports:

In Campillo de Ranas, a tiny hamlet in the Ocejon valley 80 miles north of Madrid, there are very real fears of what the future may bring under the new conservative government of Mr Rajoy, 56. The picturesque village has carved out a reputation for holding the record in Spain for the number of gay weddings since the Socialists legalised same-sex marriages in 2005.

The socialist mayor Francisco Morato has reversed the fortunes of the once-dying community by welcoming gay marriages and bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy, but he now fears the good times are over. "I get the feeling that there is a lot of concern," said Mr Morato. "I have been holding marriages every weekend – sometimes as many as three weddings in one day – I simply haven't stopped."

"A lot of people tell me they fear that Mariano Rajoy will revoke the law, so there has been a rush to go ahead with their weddings before it is too late," he said.

Rajoy won a landslide victory, with his party taking 186 of 350 parliamentary seats.


  1. oliver says

    Actually, those of us who live in Spain are not that threatened by this. Prime Minister- elect, Mariano Rajoy has long had a reputation of being gay. Even if he is (supposedly) straight now, we doubt he’ll do anything bad against LGBTs.

  2. Gay American says

    well glad u think so Oliver …I wouldn’t put anything past these right wing wackjobs….so, question: IF all these cpls get married – say 30k or more..? whats the amount, you know? Can your country/that political party just annul them? hows it wrk?

  3. Francis says

    Seems like conservatives are taking more power worldwide as the world economy crashes, which is obviously at our communities’ detriment. Little do people know how ineffective they are in handling the economy. Too bad the Spaniards didn’t learn from the several examples worldwide of that.

  4. anon says

    It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. No policies are going to change, their just going to keep begging Germany, the US and China to bail them out.

  5. Allan says

    Great, I moved from one country with a newly elected Conservative Government to Spain, and now they get one. At least in the UK the Prime Minister’s been forced to support Gay marriage under threat of the coalition cracking further.

    I just want to marry the man I love, why should that be such a huge deal?!?

    I wish I could have voted here. Viva PSOE!

  6. Bill Perdue says

    The papenfuehrer visisted Spain twice in recent months to campaign for the PP. Marriage equality has been in force for 6 years and has over 2/3rds support in the polls.

    The elections wasn’t primarily about same sex marriage. It’s about the same kind of austerity that sparked the movement in Egypt and in the US.

    The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, Partido Socialista Obrero Español and the unions that support it are socialist in name only. In reality they’re a left centrist ‘social democratic’ party. They recognized the right of the 1% to rule without question.

    Since PSOE Prime Minister Zapatero announced the general election the PSOE and the right centrist Popular Party (the Spanish equivalent of the US Democrat Party) have worked together to impose austerity, do nothing substantive about unemployment, and promised to pay off the banks by cutting the public deficit from 9.2 percent of GDP to 6 percent by then to 3 percent by 2013.

    At the beginning of September, the PSOE pushed though an unprecedented change to the Spanish constitution and a contemptuous labeled law for “urgent measures for the advancement of youth employment”, that allows speedups, lowers wages and cuts away at employment guarantees.

    Support for the PSOE has been wiped out by its support of austerity to pay off the European banks. Unemployment is around 21 percent, with half of all under 25-year-olds without work. Anger boiled up in May when young indignados began to occupy central squares in cities and towns throughout Spain.

    The indignados, the May 15th movement, are demanding

    An immediate moratorium on evictions.

    A law that allows people to give back a property as reimbursement of the debt.

    A subsidized rental housing resource that will guarantee shelter as a human right.

    A tax on unoccupied housing in Spain today.

    A move to a proportional representative electoral system.

  7. says

    I see no reason to think that the People’s Party in Spain is any more likely to repeal the same-sex marriage law passed by the previous government than the Conservative Party in Canada was back in the day. Spain, reputation notwithstanding, isn’t an especially religious country, opposition to same-sex marriage isn’t universal even in the right and was highly contingent there, and, well what would be the point, exactly, apart from scaring off swing voters and angering supporters?

  8. Redebbm says

    Careful Spain, if your conservatives are anything like ours they make empty promises and then seek to divide people on pointless issues. the elections of 2010 here swept conservatives into power and now voting, gay rights, womans rights, and union rights are all under threat as conservatives seek to overstep their authority with their majorities.

    and not one jobs bill has been introduced.

  9. oliver says

    Randy McDonald is correct. Redebbm not so much. Our conservative (far right) party here is Spain is more like center in the USA. Andy Towle’s statement “As I mentioned earlier, Prime Minister elect Mariano Rajoy’s win puts marriage equality at risk” is sensationalistic but not, in reality, something we are overly concerned with here. Additionally, Barcelona and Seville are the least concerned about all this.

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