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Monday, September 27, 2004

Spanish Church Slams Gay Marriage Plan

Guardian Unlimited
Monday September 27, 2004 6:31 PM
Associated Press Writer

MADRID, Spain (AP) - The Catholic Church blasted the government's plans to legalize gay marriage, saying Monday it would be like releasing a ``virus'' into Spanish society.

The Cabinet is expected on Friday to pass a bill allowing same sex marriages, setting predominantly Roman Catholic Spain on course to join the vanguard of largely secular northern European countries that allow gay marriage or some version of it.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero took office in April heading a Socialist government with an ambitious agenda of social reforms, such as streamlined divorce and a relaxed abortion law. The church is furious, and spoke out Monday with some of its harshest words yet on one of Zapatero's boldest endeavors, gay marriage.


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