The Mayor of Madrid has officiated at his first gay marriage – defying warnings from the Catholic Church that his action would be “in contradiction with the fundamental values of humanity”. Mayor Albert Ruiz-Gallardon is himself a member of the right wing Popular Party and opposed to gay marriages – but agreed nevertheless to officiate at the ceremony on the grounds that laws had to be applied.
Gay marriage was introduced in Spain last year by the country’s socialist government and some 4500 gay couples have married under the new legislation. The Catholic church is fiercely opposed to the law, but Manuel Rodenas, one of those to tie the knot on Saturday, said that he’d received support from a number of priests and that that was all that counted for him. The new law also gives homosexual couples full rights to adopt children.