Today in history 2005 Spain legalizes gay marriage

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Today in history 2005: Spain legalizes gay marriage
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Socialist Deputy and gay rights activist Pedro Zerolo, right, looks at his partner Jesus Santos after get married by a civil ceremony in Madrid, Saturday Oct. 1, 2005. On June 2005 the Spanish parliament legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
People dance during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Mariana Eliano)
People dance and enjoy during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Mariana Eliano)
Two men embrace each other during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
People dance while being hosed with water by firemen to cool down during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Two transsexuals enjoy a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Two women dance during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, left, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, center, and parliamentarians applaud inside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005 after the parliament legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Children wear white masks with a red X over the mouth to symbolize their view that Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is silencing traditional Spanish families, during a demonstration in the center of Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005, against Spain's parliament legalizing of gay marriage. The parliament legalized gay marriage defying conservatives and clergy to make this predominantly Roman Catholic country the third in the world to officially recognize same-sex unions. The bill also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit property from each other. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
People dance celebrating on the day the Spanish parliament legalized gay marriage during a gay street party in Chueca, the gay area of Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005. The parliament legalized gay marriage on Thursday defying conservatives and clergy to make this predominantly Roman Catholic country the third in the world to officially recognize same-sex unions. The bill also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit property from each other. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Supporters of gay marriage celebrate under the gay flag outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005. The parliament has legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
A man dances celebrating on the day the Spanish parliament legalized gay marriage during a street party in Chueca, the gay area of Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005. The parliament legalized gay marriage on Thursday defying conservatives and clergy to make this predominantly Roman Catholic country the third in the world to officially recognize same-sex unions. The bill also lets same-sex couples adopt children and inherit property from each other. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Two women kiss during a big street rally organized by gay and lesbian groups in Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2005, to celebrate passage of the law legalizing gay marriage in Spain which makes Spain the third country in the world to grant full recognition to gay marriage. The others are the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Supporters of gay marriage react, some whiping away a tear others laughing, as they listen to the statement on Gay Marriage by Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero inside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005. Parliament has legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
Supporters of gay marriage kiss outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2005. The parliament has legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)
A gay rights activist refreshes with a fan during a pro-gay marriage rally in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, June 18, 2005. Hundreds of thousands of people led by Roman Catholic bishops and the conservative opposition Popular Party were to take to the streets on Saturday to protest the Socialist government's bill to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
People celebrate on the steps of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid Thursday April 21, 2005 after a gay marriage bill was approved by the lower house. The lower house of Parliament approved the Socialist government's gay marriage bill, a major step toward making Spain the third European country to legalize same-sex marriages.The law will also pave the way for gay couples to adopt children. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) ** EFE OUT **
Hundreds of thousands of people march in the Plaza del Sol in the center of Madrid, Saturday, June 18, 2005, to protest against the Socialist government's bill to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo/Mariana Eliano)
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After celebrating the legalization of gay marriage nationwide in the United States, Spain celebrates the 10 year anniversary of its own legalization of equal marriage. It's hard to believe it's been that long.

The Pew Research Center reports that 21 countries currently allow same-sex marriage, while Mexico has legalized gay marriage in some jurisdictions.

The New York Times reported back in 2005 that when the law was passed in Spain, it was among the most liberal of laws ever passed.

Check out photos from celebrations around the world when the SCOTUS handed down their decision to legalize gay marriage in the United States:
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Today in history 2005 Spain legalizes gay marriage
Love won. #MarriageEquality
We are so proud to be American today! All of our #LGBT brothers and sisters can now love freely! TY #SupremeCourt! http://t.co/RO10N8knfj
WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL ! #gaymarriage #LoveWins #SCOTUS #KaliefBrowder
Huge day for America.. Happy to see the news. All the love
#lovewins http://t.co/xgEvPqvF63
#SCOTUS killin it this week!
#LoveWins Today is a huge step forward for our country, and my family. I'm so grateful and happy! #SCOTUSMarriage
Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S. History! Love ALWAYS wins. ❤️❤️❤️
#LOVEWINS! 🌈
Today is beautiful 🇺🇸💞💍
Very happy about the SCOTUS rulings this week! Marriage Equality, Fair Housing and Affordable Health Care!
🇺🇸 GO AMERICA! http://t.co/xKv7gL0Jg8
It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah
i cried 🎂 #lovewins 🎂 #happybirthdaytome #proudtobeanamerican #af 🐭🌙 https://t.co/A7jZ79cHeG
#MarriageEquality for all. In honor of this historic event, here's a celebratory video from @ScottIcenogle & me. https://t.co/P5pcm2KNAe
So much more work to do but no matter how long it takes, in the end, #LOVE will always prevail. Bravo #SCOTUS #NOH8 #ChooseLove. Now go get married wherever the hell you please. ❤️🙌🏿❤️
LOVE WINS!!!!!!! WE ARE EQUAL!!!!!!!! Ps. Somebody marry me, quick!!!!!
Such an incredible day for so many 💛
Finally ❤️ #SCOTUS
#MarriageEquaility!!!! A giant step towards our country being a better place to be!
And so the long arc of history bends toward justice once more.
Supreme Court for the win!! Yes! Wonderful day! #MarriageEquaility
Wow. Another historic day for #MarriageEquality! https://t.co/rkeVQUWb6r
Love.
WE DID IT - MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS REAL
ALL 50 STATES!!!! 😭 So happy. Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so… https://t.co/lp6wDLfGmQ
Equal. http://t.co/OJLd1eEgmn
Supreme Court rules right to marriage is a "fundamental right" and same sex couples can't be deprived of that right
YESSSSS AMERICAAAAA!! 💜💛💚💙❤️💖 what a moment. #LoveWon
Now there we have it,each and every one of us entitled to the same privilege of marriage,isn't that what life is about. Thank you..finally.
I'm so happy I'm crying!!!! #LoveWins
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