Fast on the heels of Canada, Spain has given final approval to the legalization of gay marriage:
“Today, Spanish society is responding to a group of people who have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, their dignity offended, their identity denied and their freedom restricted,” Prime Minister José Luis Rodíguez Zapatero told Parliament.
There is opposition to this idea within Spain, of course. And some of their ideas are absolutely stunning:
The mayor of Valladolid, Francisco Javier León de la Riva, has said that he will not carry out the new law, and Catholic leaders have called on government officials to become conscientious objectors and to refuse to participate in any events involving the marriage of homosexual couples.
Shortly after the preliminary vote in April, the archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Ricard María Carlés Gordó, compared government workers opposing the law but agreeing to carry it out to the Nazis at Auschwitz, who “believed that they had to obey the laws of the Nazi government before their own conscience.”
You know, given that A) Spain was the home of Torquemada’s inquisition, B) Spain was once ruled by the fascist dictator Franco, and C) the Catholic Church has had to apologize for its alliance of convenience with Hitler’s regime, you’d think the Archbishop of Barcelona would be the last one on earth who would want to invoke a Nazi reference in this context. And can you imagine an elected official saying that government employees should engage in civil disobedience by refusing to give legal marriage licenses to interracial couples?
Bravo to Spain, and to Canada. I will guarantee you that despite the ridiculous and hyperbolic rhetoric from the American right about how gay marriage will destroy traditional marriage, nothing much will change in either country except that gay couples will now enjoy the same legal protections that straight couples do. The “moral fabric” (whatever the hell that is) will not collapse, people won’t stop getting married or stop having children. Nothing much will change at all except for those who are actually IN gay marriages. And they’re the only ones that really matter.