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“The coalition government is the best thing that has happened to this country in a long time”


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The former President of the Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, have vindicated this Tuesday the laws related to “LGTBI + rights”, from the one that approved “equal marriage” in 2005 to the recent law proposal ‘ Trans’. In an act at the headquarters of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, framed in the Pride day celebrationsboth leaders have demanded the continuity of the coalition government, as a formula that allows continue passing laws that recognize LGTBI+ rights.

First, it was Rodríguez Zapatero who summoned those present to a party in Congress in 2025, to celebrate 20 years since the approval of the Homosexual Marriage Law.

“I hope we can do it with the coalition government, which is the best thing that has happened to this country in a long time“, has added. The former president explained that “advance social laws” are the legacy left by governments. “By their laws you will know them and in the end it is the laws that remain”, he has sentenced.

In her speech, Minister Montero – who explained that at that time she was still a minor and was beginning her political militancy – has also claimed this alliance “between different political sensitivities”. “The intervention of President Zapatero speaks of the genuine will we have to walk together“, has added. A relationship between parties that he has wanted “that we take care of and be able to revalidate because this country needs this coalition.”

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Montero recalled the context in which gay marriage was approved and praised Zapatero’s “courage” at that time because «the Episcopal Conference took millions of people out on the street». “Then,” he added, “the most reactionary right” demonstrated against homosexual marriage and now, although to a lesser degree, there are still high “levels of transphobia and LGTBIphobia”. However, the minister is confident that »the feminist majority in Congress and the Senate will help« the Trans law is finally approved.

“Keep imagining rights”

“Each right that we approve opens the door to new rights,” explained Zapatero, who considers that “the ‘Trans’ law is the daughter of that 2005 law.” «We would not be here without you, without you and without you», Montero highlighted in gratitude to the LGTB movements and associations. And he has told them that now —when the Trans law is approved, which he hopes will be “before the end of the year”— his job is “to continue imagining what rights are missing”.

Both have also agreed that the approval of these laws make Spain an “exporter of rights, especially when the left rules”. In this sense, Zapatero stated that “we have done a great job in Latin America, where there have been 7 countries that have supported same-sex marriage” thanks “to the fact that Spain did it”.

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