Kids TV program in Spain features same-sex marriage

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 27 2005 12:00 AM ET

A Spanish
children's television show that featured a same-sex marriage
was lauded by the country's gay rights groups on Wednesday
and denounced by others who labeled it political
propaganda, Agence France-Presse reports. The show,
Los Lunnis, aimed at children ages 3 to 7,
aired on TVE state television May 18 and included a
short section called "Different Marriages," featuring a
Sudanese marrying a Spaniard, two Catalans marrying in
a regional ritual, and a marriage of two men. A lawmaker from the opposition Popular Party
accused the ruling Socialists of using the show to
promote same-sex marriage and an adoption bill
approved in April, labeling the move a scandal. Spanish gay
rights group FELGT, however, praised the director
general of Spain's public radio and television
network, Carmen Caffarel, "for work done by public
television in favor of diversity in Spanish families". Spain's new laws on same-sex marriage and
the adoption of foreign children by gay couples are
expected to come into effect in the coming months.
Despite the law, the issues of marriage equality and
adoption by same-sex couples remain controversial in
Spain, an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country.

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