Friday, February 23   Sign in or Register
Evangelical Focus
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud

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

Is the sexual exploitation of women an issue in your city?




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. 



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.



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 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.



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.



"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.



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.



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.




    If you want to comment, or


YOUR ARE AT: - - Spanish Parliament votes to begin the process of the LGBT law
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

A marriage story A marriage story

The  great love story for everyone.

Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube

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.