Andalusian far-right party Vox, who has recently taken twelve seats in the regional election, might pose a threat to the Spanish LGBTI community.
During an interview with TV journalist Ana Rosa Quintana, the party leader Santiago Abascal expressed homophobic views on same-sex marriage.
He reportedly said that ‘marriage is the union between a woman and a man’. Moreover, Abascal said that marriage equality sparks a debate and might divide the public opinion.
Abascal’s party in Spain has become the first far-right group to triumph at the ballot box since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. The party has also strong views opposing immigration and abortion.
Marriage equality in Spain
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the fervently Catholic country since 2005.
Former Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero began a campaign for its introduction in 2004. His party PSOE also included the right of adoption by same-sex couples.
Abascal explained that Zapatero ‘hit an accelerator and tried to provoke, to generate social debate on concepts that were very settled’.
‘There needs to be a regulation on civil unions. We don’t oppose any group,’ Abascal also said.
Not all LGBTI people vote the same
He furthermore added that ‘there are many gay people in VOX that share the same views as us’. According to Abascal, many gay people also ‘believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman’.
Abascal tried to back up his firm no to marriage equality by saying that ‘some in the LGBTI community intend to arrogate the representation of all gay people’.
He also referred to ‘two very popular fashion designers’ who have been attacked by the ‘gay lobby’ for their views. Abascal referred to gay Italian stylists Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana, who have faced criticism for dressing First Lady Melania Trump.