Spain marks 5th anniversary of legalized same-sex unions

Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin, partnered 30 years, became Spain's first gay couple to wed on July 11, 2005. LGBTQ Nation

Happy 5th birthday to the equality movement in Spain.

This weekend in 2005, Spain passed a law to allow same-sex marriage, making it only the third member of the European Union, after Belgium and the Netherlands, to do so.

Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin, partnered 30 years, became Spain's first gay couple to wed on July 11, 2005.

Since then, more than 15,000 gay marriages have been performed in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

And no heterosexual marriages were harmed in the process. (In fact, the biggest worry is among citizens in Spain is their economy and unemployment rates, not who is walking down the aisle.)

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