Veteran Spanish gay leader Jordi Petit and his French partner of seven years, Yves Bohic, were married in Barcelona on Dec. 15 by Mayor Jordi Hereu.
The wedding took place in City Hall's Saló de Cent, the medieval city council chambers, before 200 friends and family members.
Well-known folk singer Maria del Mar Bonet performed “L'àguila negra” (“The Black Eagle”).
“This ceremony by which today I am going to live with my partner was a dream for 30 years because then we homosexuals were [seen as] 'social dangers,’” Petit told reporters.
Spain is one of six nations where same-sex couples have access to full marriage. The others are Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United States (Massachusetts only). Numerous nations (and nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia) offer civil unions or registered
partnerships that grant same-sex couples some, most or all of the rights and obligations of matrimony.