According to a statement released by
the Instituto de Politica Familiar de Baleares (IPFB), nearly 3
percent of marriages in Spain's Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) are
between gay and lesbian couples.
The archipelago in the western
Mediterranean Sea consists of four large islands – Majorca
(Mallorca), Menorca (Menorca), Ibiza (Eivissa) and Formentera – and
many smaller islands. The Balearic Islands are popular tourist
In 2009 a total of 4,275 marriages were
held on the islands, according to the National Institute of
Statistics, of which 124 were between members of the same sex, or 2.9
percent. The Balearic Island's rate exceeded the national average of
The socialist government of Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero legalized gay marriage in 2005 over the objections
of the Roman Catholic Church.
The IPFB, which opposes gay marriage,
called on the government to end its “irresponsible and dangerous
Zapatero, the twice-elected prime
minister of Spain, recently
lauded gay marriage as a great achievement. His opponent in next
year's election, Mariano Rajoy, objects to the law, and
has recently said he would work to end it.