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Spain’s Election Sparks Concern Over Marriage Rights

Spain’s Election Sparks Concern Over Marriage Rights

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The election of a conservative, Mariano Rajoy, as Spain's prime minister has some LGBT activists worried he will try to repeal the nation's marriage equality law.

Rajoy's Popular Party has filed a suit challenging the law, and he has said he believes it is unconstitutional and that he prefers civil unions to marriage for same-sex couples. However, during the campaign he softened his rhetoric, and his platform did not include repeal of the law, the Bloomberg news service reports. He told Spanish newspaper El Pais that the Constitutional Court would have the final word on the law, enacted in 2005 under Socialist prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Still, many gay advocates have trepidation about Rajoy, who won a landslide victory Sunday over Socialist candidate Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba in a contest driven largely by Spain's economic problems. In the small town of Campillo de Ranas, which has hosted the most same-sex weddings of any town in the nation, gay couples rushed to get married in the days leading up to the election.

"A lot of people tell me they fear that Mariano Rajoy will revoke the law, so they prefer to go ahead with their weddings before it is too late," Mayor Francisco Maroto toldEl Pais last week. Maroto said he was sometimes presiding over three weddings a day.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.