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Portugal's Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Portugal's parliament has approved a same-sex marriage bill, the AP reports:

Portugal "The Socialist government's bill won the support of all left-of-center parties Friday. Right-of-center parties opposed the change and argued it should be put to a national referendum. The proposed law now goes to conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva who can ratify or veto it, but a veto can be overturned by Parliament. Its approval would make Portugal the sixth European country to allow same-sex marriages. Prime Minister Jose Socrates said the measure is part of his effort to modernize Portugal. Two years ago his government lifted Portugal's ban on abortion."

Unfortunately, the parliament also rejected a bill that would have allowed gay couples to adopt.

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  1. Congrats Portugal! Oddly, in Europe, same-sex couples adopting if much more controversial than same-sex marriages, which is the opposite in the United States.

    Posted by: Javier | Jan 8, 2010 9:21:58 AM

  2. Could someone explain why same-sex adoption is more controversial in Europe than same-sex marriage, unlike the US?

    Posted by: Javier | Jan 8, 2010 9:28:13 AM

  3. ah those socialists, just gotta lov' em!

    @ javier: the (implicit) homophobia in fearing that the kids of homosexuals will be homosexuals themselves. and the well-being of the child, which will supposedly be hampered by having gay parents.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Jan 8, 2010 10:51:15 AM

  4. That's so strange. While it's great that they can get married, it kinda sucks those married couples can't adopt.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 8, 2010 11:02:29 AM

  5. My impression is also that Europe doesn't have the same number of children (both infants and older) available for adoption. The U.S. discussion of adoption often focuses on the fact that there are kids languishing in the foster care system as well as special needs kids who can't find adoptive parents, and that preventing gay people from adopting just harms those kids. Most European nations have a much lower level of teen pregnancy (which in the U.S. is the source of most native-born infant adoptions) and far fewer kids in foster care.

    I'm not arguing that these facts make it right for gay folks to be barred from adopting -- just that these facts result in a difference in the discussion, allowing the homophobic argument to gain strength because there isn't a counter-argument about how many children there are that need to be adopted.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 8, 2010 11:45:38 AM

  6. Good point JON!

    Posted by: Zeke | Jan 8, 2010 11:57:04 AM

  7. with liberty and justice for all

    Posted by: rick | Jan 8, 2010 1:26:21 PM

  8. One of the most beautiful places in the world - I am thrilled. Congrats!

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jan 8, 2010 1:58:26 PM

  9. Gay marriage in Portugal! Yes! (Is Cristian Ronaldo looking...?)

    Posted by: Mike in Manhattan | Jan 8, 2010 3:21:03 PM

  10. Fighting for gay urinals and gay trains for long journeys and so on...isn't these more important that monkeying the 'bourgeois'straight model in each and every point endlessly marrying-having/adopting kids/buying a house with two dogs etc...homosexuality is a call from nature/culture to follow a different path...possibly in every important thing...including the way one wed/wet/marry/merry another>Is the whole fight for adoption/marriage(insisting on 'marriage' being called such...the British Civil Partnership, the French Pacs are just as full-of-rights and satisfyingly biding) just a mistaken old-girl nagging at the freshly wed and newly pregnant young foks in the village?

    Posted by: hunskinlondon | Jan 9, 2010 6:44:40 AM

  11. In the USA we can adopt. My husband and I, we are one of the couples who married in San Francisco first and later when the state allowed us, briefly, to wed.

    We adopted an 11 year old and are gearing up to adopt a second son. Many of our gay friends have adopted as well. We provide families, stability and endless love to all these foster care children, who would otherwise grow older without parents.

    What we do is pure labor of can anyone be against it...

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Jan 9, 2010 12:16:59 PM

  12. Anyway, it's just a matter of time to Portugal have adoption rights as well, as long as this law passes now (btw if you have a twitter account you can sign this petition the the portuguese president: ).

    To pass adoption rights now in the parliament would be very difficult, the issue is not peaceful inside in Socialist party, and the Comunist party is against it. But once the law is approved, all it takes to get adoption is a couple to fight it on the European Human Rights Court.

    Posted by: bossito | Jan 10, 2010 6:29:52 AM

  13. I am so delighted I discovered your website!

    Posted by: dijeta | Mar 19, 2012 12:21:32 PM

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