Those bells are ringing …

Spain officially allows same-gender marriages, adoptions and other “marriage-like” qualities with the passage of bill for the second time in the Spanish lower house (Congress of Deputies). The measure was rejected by the Senate last week, however the second passage with a vote of 187 in favor and 147 opposed cements the law in place.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero noted this [a reference to Canada's recent actions] in debate before the vote.

“We were not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality,” he told the chamber.