Eschew Gay Wedge

Spain Gears Up For Fierce Election

Spain’s Socialist Party successfully seduced moderate voters during 2004’s election. The party has repeatedly clashed with Spain’s establishment since taking power, particularly with regard to gay marriage. With the national parliament dissolved and elections set for March 9, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his comrades are steering toward the center:

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has developed an image as a firebrand ready to shake up Spain’s conservative Catholic establishment. His Socialist party passed Europe’s most progressive same-sex marriage legislation, introduced fast-track divorce and chipped away at religious education in public schools.

But ahead of a fiercely-contested national election scheduled for March 9, Zapatero is trying to polish his credentials as a moderate. His nemesis, conservative Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy, is doing the same.

Despite his conservative leaning, Rajoy promised not to overturn Spain’s same-sex marriage laws, which may alienate his voter base. We’re happy to hear, however, that gay rights aren’t being used as a wedge issue, as they are here in the United States.

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One Comment

  • Mark Walsh

    Because the United States ignorantly hides behind the illusion that it has not become a primarily Facsist state, parading behind the diguse of having two ambiguously designated, corporate funded parties, the mention of referrance to real political realities: e.g. Socialist, Fascist, Labor.etc. never surfaces in the media. It is simply a lie or deluson for those more simple minded journalists. As a consequence , the U.S. still reverts back to political realities which were popular during Cromwells hayday, and doesn’t realise that they are in a different stratisphere than the rest of the civilized world.
    It is primitive and unreal that America can still
    respectably hold questionable the basic rights of a primary group of citizens under the pretext that we are a primative religious state.

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