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Spain's highest court has upheld the constitutionality of the seven-year old marriage equality law.
Spain's top court today ruled that the law passed in 2005 by the Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero allowing gay couples to marry is fully constitutional, answering an appeal challenging in it by the conservative Popular Party's Mariano Rajoy.
Eight judges (seven progressive and conservative Francisco Perez de los Cobos) voted in favor and three judges, all appointed under the Popular Party, dissented.
Seven years since it was legalized, the top court in Spain is set to rule on an appeal challenging the country's marriage equality law, the AP reports:
The conservative Popular Party filed the appeal in 2005 on the grounds that "marriage" in the Spanish constitution meant the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.
A court spokesman said the tribunal will meet later Tuesday to study the appeal and is expected to vote.
Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage bill in June 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with only Popular Party deputies opposing. The Popular Party has since come to power.
Mr. Gay Europe was crowned in Rome over the weekend and the contestant from Spain won for the third year in a row, the organization reports:
Miguel couldn’t show his face on stage without the audience cheering him on. Miguel’s win wasn’t all about his looks, he had to prove that he was an all around worthy winner of the title Mr Gay Europe 2012. But it was a tough fight to get to the top. He was up against Steve Grech from Malta, and host country favorite, Nicholas Menna as the top three candidates.
Not afraid to show his emotions, Miguel shed a few tears when he was handed the sash and the crown; yet again wowing his audience. Loved by everyone who meets him, we welcome Miguel Ortiz as the 7th Mr Gay Europe.
Mr Gay Europe 2012 consisted of 11 different challenges, amongst them an interview with the judges, a photo-session, swimwear competition, and a written test, amongst other things.
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Sitges, Spain (just south of Barcelona) held its third Gay Pride this year.
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Facebook Removes Gay Kiss Photo, Ironically an Advertisement for a Cultural Project Against Homophobia
An image of two men kissing by well-known Spanish photographer Juan Hidalgo, utilized by Madrid-based Visible Culture group for its 'Gay Art Looks For A Home' initiative and documentary, was removed by Facebook for breaching a decency code barring images of a "political, sexual or other sensitive" nature. The project has put in its place a "censored" version of the image, above.
Facebook is investigating why the photo was removed.
"The documentary, shot in Madrid, brings together a thousand works of gay and lesbian donated by over four hundred artists from thirty countries," according to El Pais.
Said the director of the program Pablo Peinado: "The documentary aims to build a dialogue about rights and the fight against homophobia through the culture and identity of the gay community. However, the ultimate goal of this documentary is to find a place to exhibit the work and build a museum of gay culture."
UPDATE: A Facebook spokesman contacted Towleroad and said that the photo has been put back.
"Upon investigation, we concluded the advertisement does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. The ad is now running and we apologize for the inconvenience."