Maiano Rajoy, a politician who opposes the same-sex marriage law has been elected as the new MP of Spain. The gay community fears a reversal of the country’s gay marriage law.
The Huffington Post reports:
Hopes for reviving Spain’s stalled economy were at least partially renewed by Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy’s landslide victory yesterday, but some progressive Spaniards fear Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party could pose a serious threat to the nation’s same-sex marriage legislation.
As Reuters is reporting, Rajoy has said he supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but does not think they should be called marriages. The Popular Party has lodged an appeal against the nation’s 2005 law allowing gay marriage in the Constitutional Court.
Fears that Rajoy may turn back the clock on marriage equality have led to a surge in same-sex marriages in recent weeks. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples have descended onto Campillo de Ranas, 80 miles north of Madrid, where many of the nation’s same-sex weddings have been taking place since the legislation was implemented six years ago.
The Popular Party (PP) has appealed to the Constitutional Court against Spain’s gay marriage law, which has allowed over 20,000 gay couples to wed since it was passed by the Socialist government in 2005.
Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly said he prefers the term “civil union” to “marriage” for same-sex unions.
“We listened to what the PP says and they are going to take a step backwards, at least when it comes to marriage because Rajoy has said he prefers civil unions,” said Descals, a 40-year-old manager from Valencia.
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