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