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Spain's high court upholds marriage-equality law

MADRID -- The Constitutional Court, Spain's highest legal authority, today voted 8-3 against a bid to overturn the nation's marriage-equality law.

In 2005, Spain's Parliament approved the marriage law when the government was controlled by the Socialists. The Popular Party, which opposed the law, took power in Spain last year and asked the Constitutional Court to declare the law unconstitutional.

Although marriage equality is very popular in Spain and more than 22,000 gay and lesbians have married since 2005, the Roman Catholic Church and other conservatives have been trying to take away marriage rights.