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Portugal allows limited adoption rights for same-sex gay couples

Friday, May 17, 2013

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s Parliament has passed a law allowing same-sex married couples to adopt their partners’ children, but lawmakers rejected legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals.

The 230-seat Parliament passed by five votes Friday the center-left Socialist Party’s proposal permitting a person in a same-sex marriage to adopt a partner’s biological or adopted child.

However, another proposal by the Left Bloc and Green Party that would have let gay partners adopt children together as a married couple was defeated, with 104 votes against, 77 in favor and 21 abstentions.

The Socialist Party used its parliamentary majority in 2010 to pass legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed in civil ceremonies.

It lost a general election the following year, and center-right parties now have a majority.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Half-like.

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:19am
  2. Shame on Portugal

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:22am
  3. <3 a step

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:25am
  4. Que vergolha Portugal!!!!! At least same-sex marriages are legal there which is more than we can say for America….

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:26am
  5. This made my day today :) we will get there, baby steps

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:36am
  6. It’s some progress.

    Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:38pm