Same-sex Marriage in Spain

Same-sex marriages were made legal in Spain in June 2005 - a civil marriage in Spain allows homosexual couples the same legal and adoption and inheritance rights as heterosexual couples.

Who May Get Married in Spain

Initially, it was declared that Spanish citizens may only marry a partner from a country where gay marriage has been legalised. However that was amended and the current ruling is:

A Spanish citizen may marry a non-Spaniard regardless of whether that person's homeland recognises the partnership; same-sex marriage is permitted provided one of the couple is a Spanish citizen

Or, two non-Spaniards may marry if they both have legal residence in Spain

With regards to gay marriage, Spanish law now states that: "Marriage will have the same requirements and results when the two people entering into the contract are of the same sex or of different sexes."

Note: A legal gay marriage in Spain may not be recognised in a country that does not accept gay marriage.

The Spanish Government website has full details of the laws on same-sex marriage (in Spanish)

For an updated list of countries authorising same sex legal relations, and their standings see websites: