The PP with its abstention and the left parties (Más Madrid, PSOE and Unidas Podemos) with their vote against have overthrown in the Madrid Assembly the Vox Equality Law, which included repealing the Gender Identity and Expression laws and Social Equality and Non-Discrimination and the Integral Protection against LGTBIphobia and Discrimination on the basis of Orientation and Sexual Identity approved during the term of former President Cristina Cifuentes.
Thus, Vox has been left alone in front of the rest of the regional Chamber. The Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso and the Popular Parliamentary Group had previously announced their position because, although they do want to modify these regulations to improve some articles, such as the reversal of the burden of proof, they do not agree with its repeal.
The Madrilenian president herself pointed out, in the control session early in the morning, that “equality is not imposed by a law if it is disastrous or if it is not well articulated” or leading “others by the halter.”
“We can change things, but not by pulling the laws to our heads, neither are we on lists of fascists to be singled out as the ultra-left does with these flags, nor do we have to try to be subject to a law that, by the way, brought profound deficiencies, “he launched. Ayuso has not been in the debate of the initiative to coincide with a visit to the José Cubero Yiyo Bullfighting School.
In the parliamentary debate, in which Cogam and LGTBI activists Carla Antonelli and Boti García were present in the rostrum, Vox spokesperson, Rocío Monasterio, stressed that from her party they have been “loyal” with the regional government but has recalled that they have not come to politics “for the distribution of positions, but to fight the ideological battle.” His law, in his opinion, defends the rights and freedoms “of all Spaniards without distinction of race, sexual orientation or religion.”
For this reason, he has asked the president of the Community of Madrid to remove that “cowardice” that he has in his party and to confront the “totalitarian ideologies of the left.” “The great advance we have made in our democracy was to make us all equal before the law and these principles are threatened by the LGTBI laws that give privileges to an elite (…) We do not get into anyone’s bed, but that it cannot generate neo-rights, “he lamented.
The former Councilor for Community Culture and now a PP deputy, Jaime de los Santos, has argued that the LGTBI laws came to “solve some problems that simply put some citizens in situations of vulnerability.” Thus, he has stressed that he is not better, worse or different for being gay but he is “in terms of the innumerable occasions” in which he has been insulted for it, “also since progress.”
Thus, it has reiterated that they are not in favor of the repeal of the regulations and therefore have opted for the vote of abstention. At this point, he has criticized that “the comrades of the left” try “on a lie to build a story that is that of the repeal of the laws and that this region will take a step back in rights”, as they wanted do, in his opinion, in the demonstration that took place in the Puerta del Sol.
United We Can displays the rainbow flag in plenary session
Next, the deputy of United We Can Paloma García has criticized the “inequality” caused by this Law presented by Vox against LGTBI people, women, migrants and disabled people. “The most important right and freedom for the parliamentarian is “to freely love whoever you want” and has warned that whoever goes against LGTBI rights “is going against human rights.”
“LGTBI people were put in jails, psychiatrists and beat us up. They want to put us back in the closets and sabotage our laws. The PP that gave bracelets with our flags in campaign, today raises cuts with Vox. They want us not to exist and that if we exist we will not be noticed “, he has launched.
At the end of her speech, the parliamentarian placed the LGTBI flag on the rostrum where the LGTBI flag was speaking, while the rest of her deputies from the bench have also shown rainbow flags. The president of the regional Chamber, Eugenia Carballedo, has asked the deputy of United We Can to remove her from the rostrum but has ignored her request and has left the hemicycle without picking it up.
For his part, the PSOE deputy Santiago Rivero on leaving his turn to speak has taken the flag and hooked it in his pants pocket. “You want to deceive citizens, because the recognition of rights does not limit rights to anyone. That I can marry a man does not make you have to marry a woman,” he has launched the Vox spokesperson.
Likewise, Rivero has regretted that Vox intends to repeal the recognition of people’s sexual identity and the recognition of trans minors. Faced with this, he has warned them, “they are going to lose again because society passes them in front of them”, since the region “does not buy their postulates because it is open, diverse and welcoming.”
The deputy of Más Madrid Eduardo Fernández Rubiño has asked Vox for “respect” towards the people “who made the freedoms possible” of the group and has insisted that the institutions cannot back down in rights, so he does not understand that this is taking place. debate today with a law that would leave LGTBI people and women “unprotected”.
“Violence and LGTBIphobia exist (…) It is proposed to turn the back on discrimination, it is intended to erase LGTBI people and women in this country,” Rubiño has lamented, while he has accused the ‘popular’ of to be “cowards”, to “whiten Vox” by abstaining from these regulations and to “market” with these rights.
The Equality law proposed by Vox
The purpose of these regulations was to regulate the principles, measures, instruments and procedures to guarantee the right of every person in the Community of Madrid not to be discriminated against on the basis of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or personal condition or circumstance. social, and to see their dignity, freedom, equality and free development of their personality respected, as well as the right to their physical and mental integrity, in all phases of their life and in all areas of action, both public and private.
They asked that all people have the right to be treated equally in any area of life, in the civil, labor, social, health, educational, economic and cultural spheres, as well as to effective protection by the Administration of the Community of Madrid in those cases that they are victims of discrimination and violent crimes, or suffer discriminatory, humiliating or degrading treatment.
In addition, it proposed that through information and care programs, dependent on the Ministry responsible for social services, information, care, training, awareness and advice regarding situations of special risk of discrimination be guaranteed.
Likewise, that the Community and municipalities carry out actions to promote and defend equality, aimed at preventing any discrimination in access to the job market and other services, rights and benefits.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.