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Update: Top court affirms Spain's gay marriage law

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MADRID -- Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country's gay marriage law on Tuesday, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman.

The county's top court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the conservative Popular Party filed shortly after Spain became the world's third country to approve gay marriage.

Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage law in 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with Popular Party deputies opposed. The Popular Party took power late last year after the Socialists were ousted over their handling of the economy.

The gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it. Belgium and the Netherlands approved gay marriage laws before Spain.

More than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain.

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Big hooorahhh for countries which formalize the law on same sex marriage. This good news to every member of the 3rd sex. These people are persons created and loved by God. So why the discrimination?

This is disgusting! Spain is known for a very religious country, then how could this be that their higher court is approving this is one.

The church must not interfere with this issue of the state. There is a great separation of their power. So, they should let the state decide on this matter.

Church is only concerned for a good humanity as a disciple of God. Let us also consider their views and opinions about this.

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