(Madrid) Spain's Constitutional Court on
Friday said it would hear a challenge to the law which allows same-sex marriage.
The Court was asked in September to declare the
four month old law illegal. (story)
The Spanish Federation of Gays and Lesbians said
it believes the court will uphold the law.
"We are sure that the gay marriage law is completely constitutional because it
could not be otherwise. A law with increases rights and does not restrict any
other right has to enter into this or any other constitution," said
The government said Friday it will mount a
"vigorous defense" of the laws."
In the weeks that led up to the vote on gay
marriage The Popular Party and the Catholic Church mounted a rally in Madrid
that attracted thousands of people. (story)
The party led the attack on same-sex marriage in
Parliament. At Senate committee hearings the party produced a psychology
professor at Madrid's Catholic university who called homosexuality a
"disease" and said that gay adoption would turn children gay. (story)
The Senate later voted down the bill. It was
finally passed June 30 when the lower house overrode the Senate vote. (story)
The conservative Forum for the Family also has
lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court as have two regional judges. It
is believed the Constitutional Court will hear all three appeals together.