ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, September 22   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Freedoms
 

Spanish Parliament votes to begin the process of the LGBT law

The majority of the political parties voted in favour of the Bill that could endanger religious freedom. The ruling Conservatives (PP) confirmed their abstention.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR Daniel Hofkamp MADRID 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 12:37 h GMT+1
The start of the process for the LGBT Bill was passed by the majority of the parliament. / Congreso DIputados España

The LGBT Equality Bill advances in its parliamentary process after the first debate, which took place in the Spanish Parliament this Tuesday.



Leftist party Unidos Podemos and its confederate parliamentary group, as well as the Catalonian leftist party ERC, Social Democrat party PSOE and Liberal party Ciudadanos, announced that they will voted in favor of the parliamentary process of the proposed law.



The Conservative Popular Party confirmed its abstention, stating that it will present amendments to the whole Bill, writing a new text that addresses all types of discrimination.



Members of the Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB in Spanish), were present in tha debate, along with other LGBT groups.



Christians have expressed their opposition to a law that could heavily restrict freedom of speech and religious freedom. 



 



“A DEBATE ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH”



The text was defended by Mar García Puig (Podemos), who defined the law as "ambitious" and with "an international reach" because of its relevance.



 



Podemos spokesperson María Mar García defends the LGBT law in the Spanish parliament. / Congreso Diputados



"The law recognises that we are facing a structural problem. LGBT-phobia is present in the whole system", she denounced.



However, "if the law is accepted, we will have to keep working. There is no doubt that the debate about freedom of speech will take place", she admitted.



 



PSOE: “THE BILL REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTS”



After this introduction, other political parties presented their positions.



The most enthusiastic spokesperson was Teresa Jordà (ERC). The MP reminded the parliament that her party had already promoted a similar law in Catalonia three years ago.



‘LGBT-phobia’ is deeply rooted in our society and we have to fight it by all possible means", she said.



Although PSOE also showed its support for the processing of the Bill, its spokesperson, Maria Dolores Galovart, pointed out that "this Bill requires technical and legal improvements, and this will be our contribution.” She wen so far to say that the law will be a "salvation table for many trans boys and girls". But she also said: “We will make the necessary amendments to make the text more coherent and more lawful".



 



CIUDADANOS: “IT WOULD BRING SERIOUS LEGAL UNCERTAINTY”



Ciudadanos explained that they will vote in favor of the initiative to continue its parliamentary process, because it is a "necessary" law, but denounced the "partisan use" of the LGBT cause by leftists Podemos.



"This law could have been formulated differently", said spokewoman Irene Rivera. She also warned that the law "would bring serious legal uncertainty" as it is presented, and committed to submit amendments in the process of developing the law.



 



PNV: “WE DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF A STATE AGENCY”



The Basque National Party (PNV) spokesman, Aguirretxea Uresti, explained that his group also supports the need for such law, but "the way things are done matters".



"We do not like the idea of the state agency", he said, referring to the law's intention to create an agency which could persecute and punish media, companies and workers who do not promote gender ideology.



 



PP: ‘IT IS INADMISSIBLE THAT THE PARENTS CANNOT DECIDE’



"The Bill aims to guarantee real equality, so that our country can live in freedom, which is praiseworthy”, Marta González Vázquez, the PP spokeswoman, said.



But "the text is clumsy in form and substance, and against the law in some aspects". A “sloppy” document, she added.



She referred to the creation of the State Agency as a mistake and considered "dangerous" the "tremendous punitive power" that the proposed law wants to give to this agency.



The MP specially emphasised the right of parents to decide about the surgical sexual reassignment or the taking of hormones of their children.



"It is inadmissible that these decisions could be made without the consent of the parents", González denounced.



 



“THE OVERPROTECTION OF A FEW RESTRICTS FREEDOM OF SPEEECH”



Carlos Salvador Armendari, deputy of the region of Navarra for the Coalition of minority parties, denounced the Bill as an imposition.



"Gender ideology is a kind of secular religion. The Bill wants to impose it as a model of education, without respecting the right of parents to educate their children."



"The overprotection of a few restricts freedom of speech. The law will benefit a private lobby", he concluded.



 



A gay flag in a gay pride celebrations in Madrid.



 



CHRISTIANS OPPOSE THE CONTROVERSIAL LAW



Evangelical Christians in Spain, as well as Catholics and othr groups, have denounced the Bill because it could strongly restrict freedom of speech and religious freedom.



The Spanish Evangelical Alliance has expressed its concern about the proposed law in a long analysis of the text. The organisation also collected 10,000 signatures to stop the law.



Several international organisations warned against the law, through letters to the government, or documents that analyse the content of it.



The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family letter claims that “we are all equal under the law (...) Why, then, are the rights of a minority emphasised over all other social groups? Why does that minority have greater benefits than the rest?



Meanwhile, ADF International has issued a document which states that the law is the ‘most harmful in the EU so far’, adding that “we strongly encourage the Spanish Parliament to reject the Bill”.



The Director of European Dignity Watch, Roxana Stanciu, also published an article critising the law.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Spanish Parliament votes to begin the process of the LGBT law
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
VIDEO Video
 
A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees

Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.

 
What are some biblical models of social and political reformers? What are some biblical models of social and political reformers?

“As Christians today, we live in a Babylon of our own, but we can be morally distinctive and obedient to Christ”, Peter Saunders, CEO Christian Medical Fellowship, says.

 
How has Christianity influenced the modern world? How has Christianity influenced the modern world?

Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University, explains how many key features of Western civilization, are the legacy of the biblical faith being lived out by believers in society.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.