Spanish opposition leader may move to reverse same-sex marriage law
November 17, 2011
The leader of Spain's opposition party--who is favored to win general elections--may move to reverse the legal approval of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of abortion.
Mariano Rajoy has said that he would "not undertake to keep" the new law recognizing same-sex marriages, although he might accept the registration of civil unions. His Partido Popular filed a challenge to the marriage legislation, which is still pending before Spain's constitutional court. The possibility that Rajoy may become the nation's prime minister has prompted many homosexual couples to accelerate their marriage plans, fearing that they might lose that legal option.
Rajoy has also indicated that he opposes allowing abortions for teenagers without parental consent. On that issue, too, the Partido Popular challenged the liberal 2010 law pushed through by the incumbent government, led by Prime Minister José Zapatero.