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Will Portugal be nation number eight?

Timothy Kincaid

November 30th, 2009

The Pink Paper is reporting that Portugal may soon take step to enact marriage equality.

Sources close to Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates, who is forming a new government following September elections, said that legalising same-sex marriage will be one of the new team’s first actions.

The BBC’s Humphrey Hawksley also seems to believe that same-sex marriage is inevitable within a matter of months. The vote count from Sócrates’ Socialist Party when combined with those from the Left Bloc and the Communist Party predict its passage with votes to spare.

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tavdy79
November 30th, 2009 | LINK

Despite known that this has been coming for years, I’m continually surprised that it’s actually even possible. My best friend is Portuguese, liberal, Theravadan, and yet she’s not comfortable with the idea. It seems to me that if she has trouble getting her head round it, what’s the chances of mainstream Portuguese voters supporting it? Yet they voted in a party that had marriage equality as a key part of it’s manifesto.

The frustrating thing for me is that support for marriage equality is WAY higher in the UK than in Portugal, at around 61%, and yet we’re unlikely to see any moves here for at least a decade.

Burr
November 30th, 2009 | LINK

And yet another Catholic country repudiates the hate emanating from the Vatican.

Regan DuCasse
November 30th, 2009 | LINK

Portugal could then be defined as the eighth wonder of the progressing free world.
It’s embarrassing that America wasn’t the first…
And getting more backwards as we go.

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