Spain appoints gay lawyer as ombudsman for the Basque region
Inigo Lamarka, the current president of the Basque Association of Gays and Lesbians and a respected lawyer, has been appointed to his new role over the weekend. This seems to show that the promises the new Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, made after his unexpected victory earlier in the year, were not mere rhetoric.
UPDATE: (22JUN04 08.52 BST) A couple of comments to this post have put me right on some of the realities of internal Spanish and Basque politics - for which thanks. I'll venture another comment though; maybe what this appointment shows is that the appointment represents a deeper change in Spanish society than a mere change of national government?