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Portuguese High Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Two lesbians who mounted a challenge against the Portuguese government in a bid to wed have lost that challenge. The nation's High Court voted against them today, the AP reports:

Portugal "The court said its five judges ruled 3-2 against an appeal lodged by the women two years ago. Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced mothers in their 30s who have been together as a couple since 2003, were turned away by a Lisbon registry office when they attempted to marry in 2006 because the law stipulates that marriage is between people of different genders. Portugal's constitution, however, also forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. The women took the case to a Lisbon court, which rejected their unprecedented challenge. After considering their appeal against that decision, the Constitutional Court said in a statement posted on its Web site that the constitution does not state that same-sex marriages must be permitted. The court said the question before it was not whether the constitution allows same-sex marriages, but whether the constitution compels them to be accepted, which it does not."

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  1. Well. Another place to add to my list of where NOT to spend my tourism dollar.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 31, 2009 2:23:41 PM

  2. Uh-huh. So you can't discriminate against gays but you can give straight people special rights gays can't receive.

    Logic FAIL.

    Posted by: Eshto | Jul 31, 2009 3:08:45 PM

  3. I wonder what Portugal's semi-closeted Prime Minister has to say about this?

    Posted by: TCW | Jul 31, 2009 4:36:18 PM

  4. that this is exactly what is going to happen on US Supreme Court.
    May reason help these people...

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 31, 2009 6:57:57 PM

  5. Since they are a part of the EU can they appeal the ruling up to them?

    Posted by: brentbent | Aug 2, 2009 4:02:21 AM

  6. In the meantime, the two intend to take their legal battle to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, she said.

    So, the matter is not officially settled since they can appeal to the EU.

    Posted by: brentbent | Aug 2, 2009 4:11:14 AM

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