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Portugal’s adoption rights for same-sex couples placed in doubt

Friday, January 17, 2014

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s limited adoption rights for same-sex couples are in doubt after Parliament voted for a referendum on the divisive issue.

São Bento Palace in Lisbon is the seat of Portuguese Legislature.

São Bento Palace in Lisbon is the seat of Portuguese Legislature.

Parliament last year approved a law allowing gay married couples to adopt their partners’ children, though it rejected legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals.

Lawmakers with the biggest party, the center-right Social Democratic Party, used their majority Friday to force a ballot on same-sex adoption. They won by 11 votes in the 230-seat Parliament after their junior coalition partner in the government, the Popular Party, abstained.

Opponents accused the Social Democrats of trying to divert attention from the country’s economic problems.

The final word on whether to call a referendum lies with the Constitutional Court and Portugal’s president. Their decisions are expected within two months.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. That is wrong

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:42pm
  2. GAYS ARE NOT CHILDRENM THEY CAN BE PARENTS SMAE RIGHTS FOR GAYS NOW

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:00pm
  3. The church wins again!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:13pm
  4. No.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:15pm
  5. Are we starting to lose our Rights in the world, I thought we were making great strides. Utah Indiana now Uganda and now this.

    Will some one please tell me what the Hell is going on???

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:34pm
  6. So stupid!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:34pm
  7. Same sex couples deserve their rights everyone else can fuck off

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:12pm
  8. I was in Portugal in 2008 and they were already making great strides there for LGBT people. I never experienced any problems, and everyone I met was open to discussing things. It was a very beautiful, very accepting place. This news makes me very sad for them.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:15pm
  9. why ?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:22pm
  10. the mad, bad straight world

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:22pm
  11. Come on Portugal!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:26pm
  12. Pay attention to facts: the great majority of pedophiles are “straight”.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:28pm
  13. nossa, nossa, assim voce me mata ola, bom dia

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:53pm
  14. It wont happen

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:17pm
  15. That is really sad!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:41pm