Thursday, June 30, 2005

Spain: From Inquisition to Inclusion

From The Gaurdian, Spain shows the U.S. what freedom really looks like. The nation that once killed thousands in its efforts to encourage people to follow Christ the "right" way, has passed a law that allows same-sex couples to marry.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero noted this in debate before the vote.

``We were not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality,'' he told the chamber.

Zapatero said the reform of Spanish legal code simply adds one dry paragraph of legalese but means much more.

He called it ``a small change in wording that means an immense change in the lives of thousands of citizens. We are not legislating, ladies and gentlemen, for remote unknown people. We are expanding opportunities for the happiness of our neighbors, our work colleagues, our friends, our relatives.''

No courts and no apologies. Viva P.M. Zapetero and Spain!


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