Under new regulations introduced by Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, councillors who refuse to oversee same-sex weddings will no longer be allowed to conduct civil marriage ceremonies. In Spain, civil weddings are performed by judges, mayors and designated councillors. When same-sex marriage was approved in 2005, the Partido Popular gave its councilors the freedom to act according their personal convictions. This led to controversial situations such as that of PP Barcelona councillor, Óscar Ramírez two years ago, who refused to marry a gay couple, citing moral objections. At the last minute another councillor had to be found to perform the civil ceremony.
New LGTBI centre
The city council has also just given the go ahead for a new LGTBI centre on Comte Borrell 22 (Sant Antoni). The 1,200m2 space will serve as a resource centre for residents and non-profit organisations.