Spain Celebrates Decade Of Marriage

This weekend an estimated 1.5M attended Madrid Pride, which fell on the tenth anniversary of same-sex marriage in Spain.

The country’s parliament and senate passed the law on June 30th 2005, with it coming into force three days later on July 3rd. Two weeks later, on July 11th, Spain’s first ever same-sex wedding took place when couple Emilio Menéndez and Carlos Baturín, who had been together for 30 years, married in Madrid. The law made Spain only the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Netherlands and Belgium and 17 days ahead of Canada. Despite Spain’s reputation as a traditionalist and religious country, 66 percent of Spaniards supported the law at the time, even amid protests from the Roman Catholic Church that it would “devalue marriage”. The law was strongly opposed by the opposition Popular Party. When conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took office in 2011, he professed his opposition to same-sex marriage, but said he would wait and see what the country’s Constitutional Court would rule on the issue. The law was upheld by the court, with eight supporting votes and three against. The conservative government said it would abide by the ruling and the law would not be repealed.

Madrid will host World Pride 2017.

(Via JMG reader GanymedeRenard)

  • Mark

    d-d-d-d-damn! there’s some hot skin in Madrid!
    now where’s my passport….

    • Todd20036

      You slut! I am shocked. SHOCKED!!!

      • Mark

        come with me? 🙂

      • Lars De

        Exactly how does one clutch liquid pearls?

    • Menergy

      love the triple-decker load of hot men on that truck/float!

  • Todd20036

    A decade of equality… and yet:

    1) No legal polygamy
    2) No incest marriage
    3) No child marriages
    4) No bestiality marriage
    5) No wrath of God
    6) No rounding up of Christians
    7) No other random weather or financial catastrophe.

    The haters will belch and scream for a while longer, but most of those listening to them will be old and dying.

    • Reality.Bites

      There has been a plague of locusts.

      Wait, did I say locusts? I meant British tourists.

      • ChrisMorley

        Sometime it’s smart to check your own national reputation first.
        “Well, a whopping 33 percent of respondents (that’s almost three times as many as the next-worst, Britain) would agree that Americans take the terrible tourist cake. In fact, 44 percent of American respondents even rated their fellow countrymen as the worst in the world — and it’s not the first time. Yikes.”

        • GayEGO

          It takes awhile for all of the American states to learn and evolve with the rest of us. Now that marriage equality is the law of the land those 44% are being dragged, kicking and screaming, as they lose and dig their heels in and bury themselves. One of the latest polls shows that 59% of Americans agree on the ruling in favor of marriage equality by the U.S. Supreme Court.

        • Reality.Bites

          Sometimes it’s smart to check if you’re talking to an American before you slag off Americans. You’re not. Nor are you talking to someone from any of the other countries on the list (which is not from a statistically valid survey anyway).

    • Herald

      And No “devaluing of marriage” To quote the RCC.

    • bkmn

      The screaming haterz need to STFU and go back to their side piece.

    • crewman

      I don’t think they’re doing great financially. Whenever I hear Greece discussed on the news lately, I hear Spain, Portugal, and Ireland mentioned as other struggling economies. But obviously that has zero to do with marriage equality.

      • Bill_Perdue

        People who don’t know where their next meal is coming from will enjoy the right marriage a bit less than those who have a steady income.

      • John30013

        Are you sure? Maybe Gawd wrecked their economy because marriage equality. Spain, Ireland, Portugal…. But Greece doesn’t have M/E, yet, and in Ireland the gays aren’t actually getting married quite yet (and their economy has been in the tank for a while)….

        So Logic says M/E has nothing to do with a country’s economy, but I’m sure the Gawd-things won’t let a little thing like logic get in the way of their latest fever dream.

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        Each country was hit somewhat differently by the euro crisis. Spain and Ireland weren’t actually very indebted when the crisis hit, and were affected mostly by the bursting of big real estate bubbles. Spain’s economy has been growing for the last 7 quarters, although unemployment is still much higher than it ought to be, and Spain has completely repaid the loans that were used to stabilize the banks early (Spain technically never had an actual bailout). I’m not totally sure, but I think Ireland might be in the same situation.

        Greece, on the other hand, owes almost 3 times its GDP; it’s laughable to think that can ever be repaid when all the policies that have been implemented by the Troika just further strangle the economy. Even if they ever do get Greece’s economy growing again, the repayment is going to have to be extended out for decades or else the debt must be partially written off.

        Who knows? I read this morning that, strange as it may sound, Slovenia and Malta might be heavily impacted by a Greek default. But those are very small economies within the big overall picture of the Eurozone.

        • Bill_Perdue

          Ireland is in a slow recovery from the global Clinton recession. Another country severely affected by predatory banksters is Ukraine.

    • Lars De

      But that’s some heathen European country that god doesn’t care about. This is Murica, his chosen country. It’s differnt! Plus they speak Spanish, not English like Jesus.

    • GayEGO

      Well said! I love your comments!

  • JT

    Fundy wingnut: But I thought we were supposed to be struck down for that. Guess the lord works in mysteries ways.

  • cjs

    And yet Spain continues to exist …

    • David Walker

      And the world continues to spin. Could it be that their god just doesn’t listen to them?

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        All straight marriages were instantly devalued -0.46% on the stock exchange when this happened. But they bounced back to end the day up +1.36% in a late afternoon rally.

      • cjs

        Their god doesn’t, but the divine power I believe in, Lesbian Jesus, listens to *us*.

  • Luis De California


    A bit sad though, the person who convinced the then Prime Minister Zapatero to push for marriage passed away some weeks ago. RIP.

    • bryan

      Thank you for mentioning this, Luis. For any JMG readers who are interested .. His name was
      Pedro Zerolo. He was one of the main inspirations and energies behind the marriage equality victory in Spain. He deserves our thanks. Gracias, Pedro.

      • Luis De California

        He did a lot of work in Latin America too. Great guy.

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          He was tireless, fearless and always smiling. I think Spaniards will long think of Zerolo in much the same way that Americans think of Harvey Milk.

  • i mourn the loss of gawd-fearing tapas. it’s been ten, long, dry years. i really wanted some Holy Octopus and Sacred Fishcake, darnit. oh well, i’ll just have to settle for a little catholic boy. i’m pretty sure if i go to church i can get one of those, nice and ripe.

  • billbear1961

    ¡Vivan los españoles!

    ¡Viva el Tribunal Constitucional de España!

  • Bill_Perdue

    Portugal legalized marriage in may of 2010. They, the Spanish and now the Irish have moved their nations a long way towards ending the long domination of much of Europe by the swine who run the roman cult and who profit from bigotry.

    But in Spain and Portugal a huge problem remains – massive unemployment and poverty. In Spain the most recent figures show an unemployment rate of 23.8 percent with youth unemployment is 49.3 percent. In Portugal the figures are 13.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 33.3 percent for youth. By comparison the rate in Greece, which recently elected a left center government and said no to bankster imposed austerity the rate is 25.6 percent and 49.7 percent for youth.

    What this means is that huge numbers of people in these nations, including the LGBT communities, are under the gun. Greece elected Syriza and leftist parties won huge victories in Barcelona and Madrid. Maybe they can help to end the rule of the banksters and ensure that our brothers and sisters in Spain and Portugal have enough money to enjoy their right to marriage.

    • MichaelJ

      The reason why Germany and other northern European states fear a Greek exit from the Euro is the potential of Podemos (corrected from earlier), the Spanish counterpart to Syriza, to take power and reject self-defeating austerity.

      • Bill_Perdue

        There are new leftist coalitions forming across Europe, from France to Ukraine, and they are all ready for a showdown with the banksters and the Obama regime.

        • Reality.Bites

          Sure there are, Bill. Sure there are.

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          I think it’s obvious that Europeans are fed up with business as usual in their own countries and especially in Brussels, and there is great momentum for anti-establishment parties, but not all of them are leftist, Bill. Many observers have noted that Marine Le Pen’s Front National has been benefiting in France from the same mood of the voters, and they are certainly not left-wing. And nobody is quite sure what to make of the 5 Star movement in Italy, who have been called everything from far left to far right to satirical comedy to performance art, but they are clearly benefiting from the same exasperation.

          • MichaelJ

            Yes, I mean Podemos. Thanks for the correction.

          • Bill_Perdue

            Of course, the far right is organizing as well. Many of them are openly fascist like New Dawn in Greece and the American organized fascist fighting groups in Ukraine.

        • MichaelJ

          Whoa, comrade: Don’t count your revolutions before they take place. Leftist coalitions may be wanting a showdown with the powers that be, but that don’t necessarily mean they currently have or will have enough power or support to mount an effective showdown

          • Bill_Perdue

            Read more carefully. Or perhaps sharpen your definitions.

            Showdowns with the banksters does not mean socialist revolutions. The only two countries in the region that have pre-revolutionary situations are Greece and Ukraine.

            In the case of Portugal and Spain victories for the left and debt default could lead to pre-revolutionary situations but those don’t exist at present.

            If Syriza adopts the following kinds of measures then the situation will move from pre-revolutionary to revolutionary:
            • Get out of NATO,
            • Develop close working relations with the Turkish Left and with the anti-Obama, anti-Putin socialist groups and local governments in Ukraine,
            • Disarm and disband the old regimes military, police and security services and replace them with armed workers militias,
            • Default on all debts to predator nations and confiscate their assets if they try to undermine Greek Democracy,
            • Confiscate the wealth of the rich without compensations,
            • Close down nunneries and monasteries and confiscate their land and other assets without compensation,
            • Bill the IMF, the European Central Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank for all monies collected as a result of their predatory loan policies and charge them high interest rates.
            • Declare an end to austerity and pass laws mandating high wages and good benefits as well as good housing and free medical care and education for the Greek working class.

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        I think you mean Podemos, not Poder. Pablo Iglesias, the party leader, has been walking a tightrope, congratulating the Greeks on their referendum vote on the one hand and saying on the other hand that Spain is completely different from Greece. They did amazingly well in the recent regional elections, but if Syriza puts Greece in a worse situation than it already is, that could tank Podemos in the Spanish national elections later this year, because people will equate them with Syriza.

  • David From Canada

    Canada was the 1st country outside of Europe to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2005. However, a number of Provinces had already made it legal before the final Parliament vote. Here in the province of Ontario, same-sex marriage has been legal since 2003.
    Yay Canada!

    • billbear1961

      In Quebec since 2004!

      Vive le Québec!

      Vive le Canada!

  • Mawm

    My husband and I are going to world pride 2017!

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      I’m gonna try to be there, too.

  • Hue-Man

    Orgullo sounds so much sexier than “pride”. I’m more familiar with the French orgueil although Montreal Pride goes with fierté. Pride sounds so pedestrian.

    Why World Pride? Here’s how an attendee from Suriname at last year’s Toronto World Pride put it:

    ““It’s very important to bring people all over the world together, people who in their country don’t have the opportunity to speak out, to have a voice. And I think this platform gave people from around the world a voice in the fight (for) getting acceptance” and battling intolerance
    back home.”

    Congrats to our Spanish sisters and brothers.

  • GanymedeRenard

    It’s all so gorgeous. ¡Viva!

  • GanymedeRenard
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    10 years and what do you know? Nothing happened. People aren’t marrying dogs or kids, the sky hasn’t fallen and Spain is still above sea level. Whatever can we learn from these facts? anyone? Bueller?

    This is ever so delicious, I may need to crack open a bottle……..

    • Schlukitz

      10 years have passed…but that still will not stop the haters from making those exact same claims for another 10 years in the vain hope that a dog or a toaster may come forward and spill the beans. ;-0

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        True….sadly, so true.

  • MichaelJ

    My partner and I were in Madrid during the week leading up to Pride in 2000. The whole experience of all the events that week made the NYC pride celebrations seem like an afternoon tea party. For many days blocks of Chueca, Madrid’s largely gay neighborhood, were closed off to become on big street fair, with stages for performance here and there. Bars spilled out into the street and everyone was festive. While the actual march on Sunday was not that big, it was far more spirited than anything I’ve seen in the US in a long time. And the celebration most nights went on till very late, as one might expect in Spain.

  • TheManicMechanic

    All those happy people. Nice.

  • Schlukitz

    Now, that’s a gathering.

    How soon before NOM mops that picture as their own?

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      I think I saw Petey LaBarbera drooling in the background for a second.

    • GanymedeRenard

      An image speaks volumes! NOM? They can hardly mumble a syllable. 😉

  • Zollergasse

    Just got back tonight from our 8th Madrid Pride. There’s nowhere like it. The best part is how the whole city (young and old, gay and straight) comes out to celebrate this spectacular event. I can really recommend it.

  • franklinb23

    10 years!?? And they haven’t been destroyed by a lightning bolt??

    What’s going on???

  • kevin vincent

    And Brown plans on setting Hus ‘International Organization for Marriage’ thing in Spain lol. He really wants to start things off with another massive failure

    • GanymedeRenard

      Haha! How cute of him!