Monday, March 4, 2013

World News

Spanish Interior Minister: Governments Should Ban Same Sex Marriage, The “Survival Of The Species” Is At Stake

Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz
MADRID, SPAIN -- Spain's interior minister has waded into the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage declaring that "the survival of the species" was at stake in a speech he delivered Sunday. 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. "For example, the survival of the species is not guaranteed," the minister said.
The party members from the Popular Party which controls Spain's conservative government have sought to distance themselves from his remarks as LGBTQ advocacy groups called on Fernandez-Diaz to resign.
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 legalising 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.
More than 22,000 same sex marriages have taken place since Spain became the world's third country to approve the law.


Desmond Rutherford said...

Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz is representative of those who do not understand that not everyone is going to do something at the same time. The survival of the species only depends on some heterosexual activity resulting in procreation, and just because there is some homosexual activity does not mean that the birth rate stops or is even in decline.
The survival of the species is threatened more from the union of one irrational thought with the next irrational that people like Diaz seem to be so adept at providing.