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Portugal parliament approves marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

January 8th, 2010

Portugal’s legislature has approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. (The Guardian)

Right-of-centre parties opposed the change and sought a national referendum on the issue, but their proposal was rejected and the government’s bill was passed by 125 votes to 99.

The bill now goes to a committee and back to parliament for a second vote before being presented to the President.

The conservative president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is thought unlikely to veto the socialist government’s bill, which won the support of all left-of-centre parties. His ratification would allow the first gay marriage ceremonies to take place in April, a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on an official visit to Portugal.

Portugal will be the eighth nation (sixth in Europe) to recognize same sex marriages.

Parliament did not, however, pass a second bill which would allow adoption by same-sex couples.

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Ephilei
January 8th, 2010 | LINK

Woot! Though I still haven’t heard an explanation how a solidly Catholic country is passing this so easily.

Burr
January 8th, 2010 | LINK

Simple. They’re educated and don’t buy the clergy’s bullcrap.

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