Spain: Bishop reverses decree that transgendered person may not serve as godparent

Over 36,000 signed a petition against Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta after he decreed that Alex Salinas could not serve as godparent to their nephew because Alex is transgender. 

Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, who identifies as a man, that while he cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, he could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. A transgendered Spanish legislator called for a study of whether the diocese's decision violates national hate-crimes legislation.

Following the backlash, Bishop Zornoza Boy has reversed his decision. Read More