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Two Divorced Mothers Wed in Portugal's First Gay Marriage

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As the result of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva's decision in April and subsequent ratification of a marriage equality bill passed by parliament, a lesbian couple today became the first to marry in that country, the AP reports:

"Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced Portuguese mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married in a 15-minute ceremony at a Lisbon registry office. 'This is a great victory, a dream come true," Pires said as the couple kissed and hugged. "Now we're a family, that's the important thing,' Pires said, adding they would continue to fight for equal rights for homosexuals, including adoption....Pires and Paixao had campaigned for a change in the law since a registry office turned them away when they first tried to marry in 2006. Officials argued the law stipulated that marriage was between people of different sexes. The women appealed to Portugal's Constitutional Court because the constitution forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. The court rejected their appeal, but left-of-center parties in Parliament supported the government bill which removed the reference to marriage being between different sexes."

Portugal joins The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden in its country-wide legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Portugal's President to Sign Same-Sex Marriage into Law

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva says he will sign a marriage equality bill, the AP reports:

Portugal "The head of state's decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament in January makes Portugal the sixth European country allowing same-sex couples to wed. President Anibal Cavaco Silva said in a nationally televised address he regretted that the country's political parties had failed to reach a compromise during days of heated debate in Parliament four months ago. Vetoing the bill would only send it back to Parliament where lawmakers would overturn his decision, he said, adding that the country needed to focus on overcoming an economic crisis that has increased unemployment and deepened poverty...'Given that fact, I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians away from the grave problems affecting us,' Cavaco Silva said."


Portuguese Glassmaker Sells Phallic Crystal...Virgin Mary?

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This crystal figurine of the Virgin Mary manufactured by Atlantis, one of the premier glass manufacturers in Portugal, would feel right at home in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma, wouldn't it?

(oregon expat via neatorama)

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Portugal One Signature Away from Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

The signature of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva is all that stands in the way of Portugal becoming the sixth European country to legalize same-sex marriage after the Constitutional Court approved the measure on Thursday.

Silva  Euro News reports: "[Silva] sent it to the country’s top court last month, after expressing doubts over whether it was constitutional. But the tribunal’s president Rui Moura Ramos explained why no problems were found with the proposal. While it does not fit the traditional concept of marriage, as outlined in the constitution, he said this concept is open and can evolve. Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has 20 days to either veto the legislation or sign it into law. If it is ratified, it would come into effect just ahead of a visit to the staunchly Roman Catholic country by Pope Benedict XVI."

The legislature is thought to have enough votes to override a veto from Silva.


Massive Cristiano Ronaldo Erection Rises in Madrid

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Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with a statue 10 meters tall in Madrid yesterday:

"Residents living near the Plaza de Ramales, a quiet square in a western residential area of the Spanish capital, woke yesterday morning to find the streets adorned with green and red confetti (the colours of the Portuguese flag) along with an imposing statue of Cristiano Ronaldo. As reported by Spanish sports daily Marca, the statue of the world's most expensive player is 10 metres in height and silver in colour, featuring the player standing over a football. The Plaza de Ramales was renamed the 'Praça de Ronaldo' for the duration of the day."

The statue was reportedly erected by Nike, for a promotion.

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In other Ronaldo news, the footballer recently held a shirtless meet and greet with top-ranking Formula 1 race car drivers.

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The Armani underwear model has also been showing support for his hometown, the resort island of Madeira, in Portugal, where flash floods have killed more than 40 people.

Dramatic footage of the floods, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Pope Says Gays Endanger Humanity

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In a statement linked to the Portuguese parliament's recent approval of marriage equality, Pope Benedict says that ignoring the difference between the sexes is an attack on creation, the AFP reports:

"Creatures, including humans, 'can be protected or endangered', the pope, 82, told the Vatican diplomatic corps in a traditional January address focusing mainly on environmental issues.' One such attack comes from laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the biological basis of the difference between the sexes,' he said, citing 'certain countries in Europe or North and South America'. Portugal's parliament last Friday approved plans to legalise gay marriage, and a final vote could occur before a visit by the pope in May. Also last week, two men became the first homosexual couple to legally marry in Latin America, in the southern Argentine province of Ushuaia. 'Freedom cannot be absolute,' the pontiff said. 'For man, the path to be taken cannot be determined by caprice or wilfulness, but must rather correspond to the structure willed by the Creator,' he said."


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