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Jesucristo Redentor (user currently living in COLOMBIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 21/03/2013
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Denuncia Fundacion Remar Colombia y Remar Internacional por Corrupcion, Percurio, Fraude, Evasion de Capital, Contrabando Internacional y HOMOFOBIA.
http://jusremar.blogspot.com/
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DAVID H J BURGESS (deaf) (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay readers on 06/11/2011
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they means Spain is best for gay lives really because of gay health'll beautiful health is good foe gay people why gay can change different life than any of world so I think really but what happen future will be better for gay own health in world, anyway hope I wish have relocate to Spain in future but I'm 71 year old but look good health better that now
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Karol posted for gay readers on 14/07/2011
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Hello. I am a boy of 40 years, living in Spain and 2 years ago I met a boy from a Muslim country. I tried several times to bring up here, but so far we have no positive result. I've already spent all my savings and now ask for your help everyone, to all who understand nis. We are not asking much. Thus, the individual can we serve to pay the lawyers, taxes etc cunsulares. Well, who wants to help us, please esribir this email: ayudar_nos@yahoo.es
Thank you.
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Regarding gay marriage/civil unions, I do not believe in Almost Equal Substitute, at least not from any democratic country that practices rule by law and strives to ensure separation of Church and State. Either give same-sex couple full marriage rights or stop calling yourself a free-world democracy and start being truthful and saying you are a theocratic democracy, because that is the real problem - church and presonal religions beliefs completely divorced from any objective view or analysis on human rights and equality which keeps some countries from being able to make the legislative leap into the 21st century of a REALITY of human and equal rights in their democratic countries. Fortunately, Spain is not one of those countries as it has given FULL marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Maybe the true issue is terminology? Maybe if all of the democratic countries of the free world did the following, it wouldn't be so hard for "conservatives" to accept the idea of same-sex partnerships.
1. Make a true separation between Church and State. Pass a law that converts the word "marriage" for any and all into "civil union" across the board even for all those who are currently married.
2. Clarify legislation that the word "marriage" can only be used as a term for any sort of intsitutionalised personal relationship among culturual and/or religious groups.
3. Then the State extends "civil union" rights which married couples have to any and all couples that choose to engange in a "civil union" without worrying about having to create an almost equal substitue and leave marriage to be something done in religious groups along with baptisms and first communions and bar mitzvahs.

The solution is simple once one finds a way to truly get religious convictions out of the democratic government picture.
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