Spain still has a ways to go to ensure that its political processes are fair and transparent (perhaps this may be part of why its seen economical woes in the 21st century). Despite that, Spain's admirable commitment to equality for women and the LGBTQ community is progressive even by European standards.
From its dark fascist past not long ago, Spain has emerged as a highly progressive country.
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Spain was one of the earliest countries to adopt same sex marriage.