The law took effect the next day,  making Spain the third country in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry on a national level, after the Netherlands and Belgiumand 17 days ahead of the right being extended across all of Canada. With the final approval, and enactment of the bill on 2 JulySpain became the third country in the world to formally legalize same-sex marriages nationwide, after the Netherlands and Belgium. Spanish roman-catholic bishops also claimed that the Government, by extending the right of marriage to same-sex couples, weakened the meaning of marriage, which they defined as an involving a heterosexual couple. Prominent People's Party members later rejected Polaino's assertions. Matrimonio gay se internacionaliza" in Spanish. Sociologists believe this may be due to the significant increase of liberalism in the realm of individual rights in recent years, where the Church traditionally had most influence, especially on family issues.
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Archived from the original PDF on 14 September Mexico 1 Netherlands 2. The veto override implied its approval as law. However, the marriage itself can only take place at the Consulate if local laws recognize same-sex marriages. The initiative was rejected by the Spanish Congress.
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