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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Spain sees first lesbian marriage
Veronica and Tiana
More journalists than guests were at Veronica and Tiana's wedding
Two women have become the first in Spain to get married since a new law allowing same-sex weddings.

Veronica and Tiana, from Spain and Argentina, were married in Mollet del Valles near Barcelona.

On Thursday, a judge in southern Spain angered the gay community by preventing two other women from tying the knot.

The judge questioned whether the new marriage law was compatible with the constitution, which refers to marriage only between "a man and a woman."

The first marriage between two men took place on 11 July a week after the marriage law came into force.

Spain's lower house of parliament voted in favour of the bill on 30 June, overruling its rejection by the upper house, the Senate. Polls suggest most Spaniards back the move, although thousands joined a Madrid rally against the bill before it was passed.

And some of Spain's local mayors have said they will not officiate at gay marriages.




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