As anticipated earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, the Spanish government Friday approved a draft law to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill still requires approval by parliament before it will take effect. Under the proposed law, same-sex couples will be able to adopt children, divorce and continue to receive pension benefits after a partner's death.
The Catholic church in Spain has strongly opposed the measure, but polls suggest that a majority of the public supports it. Netherlands and Belgium are the only countries in Europe that currently recognize same-sex marriages. El Mundo has local coverage (in Spanish). BBC News has more.