Spain and gay marriage — good news and nutty news
A few updates on this country’s progress and fallout regarding gay marriage. It’s going to pass, but the pressure from the Catholic church and their version of wingnuts is making it all interesting. For instance, take veteran Spanish politician Manuel Fraga, president of the Galicia region. You’ve heard all kinds of reasons why gay marriage is bad from our home-grown bigots…it leads to:
* the end of the world
* name ten other homopocalyptic things you’ve heard.
But Fraga’s added a new, unhinged one to the list: allowing gays to marry would worsen Spain’s aging population problem. Look at this:
“At the moment there is a population crisis … This could aggravate a problem Spain already faces,” Manuel Fraga, president of the Galicia region and a leading member of right-of-centre Popular Party, said yesterday. He did not elaborate. “Soon, if things don’t improve, it will be the most aged country in the world,” he said.
Fraga, a minister during the Nationalist, Catholic dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, is running for a fifth term as president of Galicia in June elections at the age of 82.
OK. You can stop laughing now. We move on to the Vatican issuing threats to all Catholics that might be accepting of gay marriage. I expect Pope Ratzi to send some goons with nightclubs to bash some kneecaps at this point.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, also said adoption of children by same sex couples was “moral violence” against children and jeopardised their personality and stability.
Lopez Trujillo said the law, along with the growth of couples living together outside marriage, was ” destroying, bit by bit, the institution of marriage” which the Catholic Church teaches should be a partnership for life. “Christians, even if they are state employees, are asked to become conscientious objectors because the laws we are speaking of are deeply offensive to morality,” Lopez Trujillo said. The Colombian cardinal said homosexuals deserved respect but allowing gay couples to adopt children “destroys the future of children, (and) they suffer moral violence.”
And we need to give three cheers to someone with big brass cojones — Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. He is not only in favor of gay marriage, he’s snapping back at the Vatican big time. If only our politicians had even one sac.
In his “state of the nation” address to Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero lashed out at the Church. “I will never understand those who proclaim love as the foundation of life, while denying so radically protection, understanding and affection to our neighbors, our friends, our relatives, our colleagues,” Zapatero told parliament.
“What kind of love is this that excludes those who experience their sexuality in a different way?” he said.
Last year, shortly after Zapatero announced he would bring in the legislation, he was summoned to Rome for a lecture by Pope John Paul. Nevertheless, Zapatero and his government refused to bow under the pressure.
The attacks have continued under Pope Benedict. The Pope, speaking through Cardinal Alfonso Lopes Trujill, head of the Pontifical Council on the Family, said Roman Catholics should be prepared to lose their jobs rather than co-operate with the law.