The trans law has marked a border between the two government partners that is difficult to cross just when the final stretch of the negotiation of the legislation of the Ministry of Equality begins, and the final stretch also of the legislature. The differences, present from the beginning and which have been growing around the norm that defends the right to self-determination of gender, were once again made explicit yesterday by the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, and the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero .
The head of Equality explained in an interview on TVE that the PSOE had just informed her that "it does not want an agreement and that it will go with its live amendments" to the processing that will begin in commission. The weight of the socialist amendments have been put on minors, and it is requested that in order to change sex in the records, a judicial guarantee is necessary in the age range of 12 to 16 years.
What must be taken into account is that for the law to be approved, with or without amendments, the competition of both formations is necessary. Despite his warnings, Montero pointed out that there are still hours to resume negotiations.
For the Minister of Equality, self-determination without any type of guardianship is not negotiable at this time. If in adults this right that the new law wants to consecrate has not received any amendment from the PSOE, Irene Montero considers that it is equally essential in minors to preserve the rights of trans children. Two positions in which no meeting point is now seen, which emanate from the differences on feminism. With an eye on the upcoming elections, no one wants to get off her thesis.
From the socialist ranks, the line was marked by the head of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, who pointed out that this amendment "pursues the legal security of minors, a very sensitive group to protect", and specified that their registration in the registered, but legal guarantee is sought. The PSOE has wanted to underline that the negotiation with its Podemos partners remains open, but it will be difficult to find a solid agreement on a law that has not only strained the coalition, but also internal socialist balances.
Likewise, the controversy over the reduction of sentences in the law of only yes is yes has given strength to the PSOE when it comes to requesting “legal certainty”. And it has given him the clue to bring out his point of view beyond the project approved in the Council of Ministers.
After the debate raised by referential sectors of socialist feminism, alerting that the free determination of sex in the registries weakens the fight for equality by turning the definition of woman into something subjective, as well as the impact of the law on minors, the PSOE has sought a delicate point of balance that is difficult to reverse.
The trans law is one of the pillars of the management of Irene Montero, who is not willing to negotiate basic aspects. But in the long confrontation in feminism, the PSOE also knows that it cannot turn its back on the theses defended by feminism of equality, key in the party's DNA.
In this debate, the Socialists took a step forward yesterday by calling the presentation of the law, which will meet this Wednesday within the framework of the commission chaired by Carmen Calvo. In this way, the socialists squeeze Podemos to negotiate with the already constituted paper.
Irene Montero warned that the PSOE may want to agree with the PP to lower some items. From the popular ranks, Elías Bendodo pointed out that the Socialists have not shown any sign of wanting to dialogue. The PP is against the right to self-determination of registered sex.