In June, we heard news that two Spanish Air Force Privates were to be the first same-sex members of Spain’s military to be married. Well, the ceremony happened on Friday in front of 100 people in Seville and it looks like it was a major celebration. It also looks as if the two soldiers couldn’t keep their lips off of one another. Bravo to that!
From the SF Chronicle: “Alberto Linero, 27, and Alberto Sanchez, 24, both privates in the air force, wore dark blue dress uniforms with red and gold epaulets as they exchanged vows in a reception room at Seville’s town hall.”
The couple was married by Seville’s mayor, Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin, who recognized the significance of the union he was about to make legal.
Said Sanchez Monteseirin: “This is not just your wedding. You symbolize millions of people who are not here and suffer from homophobia. The city will protect your rights.”
So here we have a country where gays are allowed to serve openly in the military and have full marriage rights. May it be a model for the world to follow. Congratulations to the happy couple.
Said Linero to reporters: “We’ve done our little bit. We hope society realizes this.”