Spain may have legalized same-sex marriage in 2005 (the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marraige), but it has only just celebrated the first ever same-sex marriage between officers in the country’s national police force this weekend.
Newlyweds Chema and Jonathan met while serving in Spain’s Policia Nacional and have been together for five years. Saturday they became the first same sex police officers to marry in Spain, marrying in full dress uniform in the grand surroundings of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera.
“We are not the first gays in the police, we have lots of gay friends in the force,” Chema told Spanish radio station, Canal Sur Radio.
Chema added that he hoped their wedding would help to achieve “normalization”.
“If it helps someone who is being bullied in school for their sexual orientation to see it as something normal, then that’s great. It’s not something that should be hidden just because you belong to a particular institution,” he added.