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Spain's Highest Court Agrees To Hear Gay Marriage Challenge
by Malcolm Thornberry European Bureau Chief

Posted: October 28, 2005  9:00 pm ET

(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 president Beatriz Gimeno.

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. 

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