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Spain official: Same-sex marriage jeopardizes ‘the survival of the species’

Monday, March 4, 2013

MADRID, Spain — Spain’s interior minister on Sunday waded into the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage, declaring that “the survival of the species” was at stake.

Jorge Fernandez Diaz argued during a symposium on religion and state at the Spanish embassy in Rome, that “religious reasons” were not arguments against a law allowing same sex marriage. Instead, he insisted that, “There are rational arguments to back the idea that these marriages shouldn’t have the same protection under the law as normal ones.

Jorge Fernandez Diaz

“For example, the survival of the species is not guaranteed,” the minister said.

Members of the Popular Party, which controls Spain’s conservative government, have sought to distance themselves from Diaz’s remarks while LGBT advocacy groups called for his resignation.

Inaki Oyarzabal, the secretary of justice, said the comments were “unfortunate.” Oyarzabal, who became the first Popular Party parliamentarian to be openly gay when he came out last June, wrote on his Twitter account, “The unfortunate words of Fernandez Diaz on marriage between same-sex couples are personal and in no way linked to the PP.”

Spain’s National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB) called on Fernandez-Diaz to resign for “re-questioning, in unscientific terms, the issue of same-sex marriages, a law supported by the vast majority of Spaniards and which was recently endorsed by the Constitutional Court.”

In November, Spain’s highest court upheld a law legalizing same-sex marriage brought in by the socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero nearly 8 years ago.

The Popular Party lost their seven-year battle to overturn the law when the Constitutional Court rejected an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution meant only the union between a man and a woman.

In 2005, Spain became the world’s third country to legalize marriage equality; since then, more than 22,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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  1. pig

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:29pm
  2. The majority of the population is still straight…
    Uhh.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
  3. Most likely the same as in the US: lots of words and very little to document them.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
  4. Really?… -__-, I thought that what murderers do?…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
  5. gay stuff has been going on since before he blew his first frat mate. Get OVER IT

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
  6. oh goodness me…he didn’t count how many hoomons there are in the world, yet???

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:31pm
  7. Ugggh, seriously!? Lol. Come on that’s just plain dumb and stupid!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:31pm
  8. So if gays get married the end of straight people will be at hand? So let me get this right, If gay people get married everyone, including Spain’s official, will suddenly become gay. Someone should have asked him when he said this if it would make him gay if gays could get married. Bet he wouldn’t have liked the notion and might have woke up to what he just said.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  9. Ummmmm…..excuse me, but usually two straight people make gay babies….how does two GLBT individuals marrying jeopardize “the survival of the species?”

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  10. yes, because the human race is clearly on the verge of extinction…wtf?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  11. umm oook then.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  12. Really? Does he think that straights who make up the vast majority, are now going to run out and have gay marriages?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  13. intolerance, narrow-mindedness and a refusal to progress as a society seems like more of a threat to the human species than love does…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:32pm
  14. Yes all heteros will stop reproducing,..how do these people get elected?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:33pm
  15. I’d say that same-sex marriage might be a respite from perpetuating world overpopulation…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:33pm
  16. You can have sex without marriage dude. Also, if anything, with equal adoption, etc, rights, we can help take care of the kids who already need homes. A bit nearsighted, no?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:34pm
  17. Stay pressed because your supreme court trumped your dumb ass.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:34pm
  18. LOL, and if denied marriage, they won’t get married to a woman…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:35pm
  19. @ Lones, a baby elects them

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:35pm
  20. These people are clueless narow minded morons. And the World is already overpopulated anyway.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:35pm
  21. Another Bigot. Hey Dude Bend Over!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:36pm
  22. Because when gays can get married, no one will EVER have sex outside of marriage.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:36pm
  23. The Dude in the Article to the post above this.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:36pm
  24. Idiot!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:38pm
  25. pretty useless statment to make as most the governments think were over populated, hence- gays save the world ! lol

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  26. Um you’re an idiot. Babies are always being born every second. Some groups produce TOO many babies. Also, does this moron realize the world is OVERPOPULATED???? Lmao. *smh*

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  27. If anyone thinks that humans are endangered due to a reduction in reproduction, they are quite frankly moronic.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:41pm
  28. if he was the only straight man left on earth yes it would be in trouble

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:41pm
  29. “The species” somehow survive and manage to inflict such damage to this planet. It would be much better if there were fewer of us here.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:41pm
  30. That’s why we have 7 billiion people on the planet.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:42pm
  31. He has a very intelligent face– NOT!!! ;-{P} <3

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:45pm
  32. lol What??? What about straight couples who don’t have children? Or what about people who CANNOT have children? Yeah, he’s right, none of them should be allowed to get married! *face palm* Same sex couples CAN have kids, ya doofus.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:46pm
  33. *sigh* I really hate this argument. I’ve heard it before. THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL NOT SUDDENLY BECOME HOMOSEXUAL. It’s not like same-sex marriage will change anyone’s sexuality. We already are who we already are. The right to marriage will only give us more rights.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:48pm
  34. has he watched Maury Povich? I think ‘the species’ is safe for a while..as far as numbers go.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:48pm
  35. Because, you know, the world isn’t overpopulated or anything.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:50pm
  36. Fortunately he’s old and not long for this world.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:51pm
  37. Ummmm has he looked at the world’s population? We’re not in any sort of jeopardy any time soon and besides not everyone is gay, but he seems to think so….

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:52pm
  38. Survival of the species.
    *looks around* …Yep we’re endangered.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:54pm
  39. ?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:54pm
  40. unfettered breeding is what jeopardizes it! remember when 4 billion people was a problem! overpopulation dehumanizes everyone and makes everyone a slave to corporations!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:54pm
  41. minister: look at the number of people on the planet, moron.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:55pm
  42. That’s such a crazy nonsense argument. Besides, given the problems created worldwide by overpopulation, the world could use more gays.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  43. Married or not, gay people generally do not reproduce,at least not in any great numbers, so how does the fact of two people who most likely will not reproduce threatning marriage? Idiots can’t even come up with a good argument!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  44. >< i laugh at stupidity

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  45. Lol

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  46. …. Our “species” is only endangered by its population size being too BIG. It’s a common theory that homosexuality is nature’s way of trimming down our population. Get over it, Mr. Bigot.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:58pm
  47. SO. There’s far too many people on the planet as it is.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:01pm
  48. also, gays and lesbians can still have biological children. I would say dumbasses like him are what threaten our society. :)

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:04pm
  49. Poor, old, overused, untrue, tired excuse to cover up plain and simple bigotry.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:08pm
  50. Well once same sex marriage becomes legal then everyone will want one and men and women will no longer have sex. That makes sense. LOL

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:08pm
  51. a ridic saying when the world is over populated…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:12pm
  52. Have you ever been to a lesbian festival? When you get two women together they make the Brady Bunch very quickly!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:13pm
  53. the biggest threat to our species are dumb people having power that they neither understand nor deserve to wield.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:25pm
  54. so this dude is gay & thinks everyone should be gay – gay gay gay gay gay – everyone be gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:30pm
  55. Are you kidding me… If your gay your gay… You won’t be having heterosexual sex anyway.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:35pm
  56. Nope – pretty sure the survival of the species is threatened by stunned hetero politicians who can’t shut up

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:46pm
  57. puh-leeeze

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:46pm
  58. Really?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:57pm
  59. Some people are gay. Get over it. And they always will be, not matter the laws.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:59pm
  60. Please don’t let him procreate!!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:04pm
  61. Yes, because the human species is so rare. We are like pandas, really.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:07pm
  62. Wow survival of the species??? Aren’t we already overpopulated??? And I forgot there’s no such thing as artificial insemination or using a surrogate for couples that want a baby… Since we straight people can do that and it’s ok, why can’t gay people? I’m so tired of narrow minded bigoted people who really don’t know what the hell they are talking about. Been loving the posts about all the people that are finally taking a stand, in the public’s eye, for equality…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:14pm
  63. I guess no one has explained to him, since he joined the “species” its already beenin jeoparadized…ugh, someone please….dig a six foot hole….stand him in front of it…..and….oh never mind, the amount of effort is just not worth HIM

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:15pm
  64. Most Scientists Would Say Overpopulation is Our Greatest Threat.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:25pm
  65. Fortunately, this issue has been settled by Spain’s Supreme Court. I think it would be very difficult to turn back now.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:47pm
  66. Yeah, it’s not like there’s 7 billion people or anything.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 8:49pm
  67. Estupido! Que Pendejo!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:17pm
  68. Yeah, 7 Billion people are just not enough to protect our species from extinction.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10:35pm
  69. How does my marriage to my partner of 33 years affect what straight people do in their bedrooms? Besides, I’m gay and have 2 great kids & 2 grand-kids (all straight) and my husband has a 16 yr. old son as a sperm donor. And the earth is overpopulated already anyway.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10:38pm
  70. Really!!???¿¿

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:37pm
  71. Troglodyte.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:52am
  72. Too late for Spain…. Same Sex Marriage is legal in Spain!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:52am
  73. more the fact that no one gets married and has babies in spain anymore because the economy is so crappy. thats the real threat

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:38am
  74. The threat to our species is overpopulation.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:53am
  75. so HOW about married couples (str8) witrh NO kids? FORCE THEM TO DIVOURCE simple equlaity

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:07am
  76. If your uterus doesn’t work, NOMARRIAGEFORYOU. COMEBACKONEYEAR (or not.)

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:28am