Gay marriage in Lisbon

Portugal becomes sixth European nation to legalize same-sex unions


Portugal’s conservative president Anibal Cavaco Silva announced Monday he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage in the predominantly Catholic country, making it the sixth European nation to do so, after Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Norway. Five U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, as have Canada and South Africa. The Portuguese president 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. Gay rights advocates have said they will continue to fight for gay couples’ parental rights, including adoption, which are not included in the law. Portugal lifted a prohibition on homosexuality in the early 1980s. In 2001, it passed a law allowing “civil unions” between same-sex couples, which granted couples certain legal, tax and property rights. However, it did not allow couples to take a partner’s name, nor inherit his or her possessions or state pension.

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Gay marriage in Lisbon

  1. I'm glad this happened shortly after the Pope called same-sex marriage insidious and dangerous! Good on Portugal!

  2. is Gay Marriage temporary?

    Canada has a rapidly changing demography. Our secular females are not reproducing but their Muslim sisters are. And with a steady boost via immigration, the time is arriving when sharia will have much greater support. fathom this happening in Canada:

    Two gay men were convicted by a Malawi court Tuesday of violating the “order of nature” after the couple had staged an illegal same-sex wedding last year.

    Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, who have been jailed since their arrest last December, could each face up to 14 years in prison.

    Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa found them guilty of “unnatural acts and gross indecency.” Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and many other African countries.

    “The state has proven beyond reasonable doubt that these gentlemen had sex despite them being male,” Mr. Usiwa said. From AFP:

  3. "…in the predominantly Catholic country". Defining yourself as "catholic" really means next to nothing on social issues unless you're a practicing and "obedient" catholic. Most western states (mind Slovenia, Poland etc.) tend to vote center-left on social issues so its no surprise this passed.

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