Their guardian angel

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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“Their guardian angel” was featured in the groups
Soul Mates
Candid Photography and
Queer and Gender Theories (31-10-2009)

Photo taken in the Plaza Mayor Square – a central, impressive Madrid square, Spain, in July 2008. This wall is covered with colorful paintings.

There was (what seemed to be) a gay wedding going on in and below this building. Below, on the street/square, there were lots of signs of a wedding, with a decorated car waiting, baloons etc.

The following info was taken from Wikipedia:

Same-sex marriage in Spain was legalized in 2005. In 2004, the nation’s newly elected Socialist government, led by President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, began a campaign for its legalization, which would include adoption by same-sex couples. After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the Cortes Generales (Spain’s bicameral parliament, composed of the Senate and the Congress of Deputies) on 30 June 2005 and published on 2 July 2005. Same-sex marriage officially became legal in Spain on Sunday, 3 July 2005.

The ratification of this law has not been devoid of conflict, despite support from 66% of the population. Roman Catholic authorities in particular were adamantly opposed to it, criticising what they regarded as the weakening of the meaning of marriage. Other associations expressed concern over the possibility of lesbians and gays adopting children. Demonstrations for and against the law drew thousands of people from all parts of Spain. After its approval, the conservative People’s Party challenged the law in the Constitutional Court.

Approximately 4,500 same-sex couples married in Spain during the first year of the law.

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