Gay associations replied that de facto adoption by same-sex couples had existed for a long time in spain, since many couples were rearing minors adopted by one of the partners. Adoption by same-sex couples was already legal in navarre (2000), the basque country (2003), aragon (2004), catalonia (2005) and cantabria (2005) before the same-sex. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) rights in spain have undergone several significant changes in recent years. gay rights groups welcomed todays vote and said the first gay marriages in spain could take place as soon as 15 days after the law is published in spains official journal. Catholic, jewish, islamic and protestant legally recognized religious wedding ceremonies in spain. A civil marriage is not required to take place prior to these religious marriages. However, a couple must obtain a certificate to marry before the service, and the marriage must be registered with authorities in order to be legally recognised. religious marriages roman catholic, protestant, jewish and muslim marriages can be celebrated in spain without requiring a second civil marriage. Provided the celebrant is legally allowed to officiate at weddings, religious marriages have the same legal status as civil unions. despite spains reputation as a traditionalist and religious country, 66 percent of spaniards supported the law at the time, even amid protests from the roman catholic church that it would devalue marriage. There were 31,610 same-sex marriages in spain between 20ccording to the countrys institute of national statistics (ine). Approximately 4500 same-sex couples married in spain during the first year it is one of the most gay friendly wedding destinations in the world, where gay rights are high on the agenda. A lesbian wedding abroad in spain is possible, if you comply with the conditions for a civil wedding. In june 2005, gay and lesbian marriages were made legal in spain for those aged over 18. Since that date, there have been many hundreds of same-sex weddings in various cities and towns around spain. In the costa blanca area places such as valencia, denia, finestrat and benidorm have already held same-sex weddings and other towns such as calpe. Spain would then become the second european country to allow both gay marriages and adoption of children by gay couples. This statistic displays the number of opposite-gender marriages in spain from 2006 to 2019. During the period under consideration, the highest peak took place in 2006 with a total number of.