Responding to pressure from the Vatican, Spanish officials have promised to defy same-sex marriage law expected to take effect later this year.

Mayors from the centre-right People’s Party said they would not carry out gay marriages, after legislation allowing same-sex unions passed Spanish parliament’s lower house last week.

The Vatican has called on Spanish officials to defy same-sex marriage law, which it describes as “iniquitous”.

But Spain’s socialist government has insisted that all public official

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