Attempts to Silence Bishop for Voicing His Opinion About Gender Ideology

Country: Spain

Date of incident: January 1, 1970

The Spanish political party, the United Left, presented a motion to the regional Parliament to convict the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, for having spoken out his opinion on gender ideology. According to the motion, the bishop’s weekly pastoral letter entitled “Gender ideology breaks the family” was an acute case of discrimination. The motion, signed by spokesman Francisco Tejada, called on the government of Andalusia to “launch the legal mechanisms in the context of their power to prevent cases of abuse and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The motion was rejected by the government which asserted that Bishop Demetrio Fernández was protected under his right to freedom of speech and expression.