Thursday, June 30, 2005
Spain and Canada lead
According to this New York Times story, there's still a difference between the same-sex marriage permitted in The Netherlands and Belgium vs the truly equal gay marriage to be allowed in Canada and Spain:
The Spanish measure simply adds one sentence to existing law: "Marriage will have the same requirements and results when the two people entering into the contract are of the same sex or of different sexes."
The laws in Holland and Belgium, by contrast, create a separate category of rights for same-sex couples that fall short of full equality on issues like adoption, these advocates say.
..."Today, Spanish society is responding to a group of people who have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, their dignity offended, their identity denied and their freedom restricted," Prime Minister José Luis Rodíguez Zapatero told Parliament.