Posted on | December 23, 2011 by Wendy Wright |
Princess Letizia Ortiz of Spain expressed support for gay marriage during an official trip to Chile.
While touring a Santiago museum, she was asked about same-sex marriage by Chilean writer Paul Simonetti, the head of a homosexual advocacy group,
The wife of the future king stated that she was “very happy with a Spain that respects rights and that considers all its citizens equal”. She claimed that such issues are “deeply rooted” in Spanish tradition.
Same-sex marriage is a recent invention in Spain, introduced in 2005 by the now-departing Socialist Prime Minister Jose Zapatero.
Several judges refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
The conservative Popular Party challenged the measure in court. The Constitutional Court has not yet ruled.
In 2007, the Spanish Family Forum presented a petition signed by 1.5 million people for legislation to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The Popular Party won elections in a landslide in 2011, sweeping in a new prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, who opposes same-sex marriage.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in Schalk and Kopf v. Austria that same-sex marriage is not a human right and the “States are still free… to restrict access to marriage to different-sex couples”.
An observer from Spain noted, “Official representatives are expected to refrain from making inaccurate statements in official visits that compromise Spain’s international image and that do not reflect the feelings of a country in which crucifix still hang on classroom walls of public schools as the reminder of its long-standing Catholic tradition.”