Portugal defeats draft law to allow same‑sex couple adoptions


LISBON — Portugal’s parliament has rejected draft laws to allow same-sex couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favor by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.

AFP reports that the draft laws were defeated by some 30 votes by the chamber in which 220 deputies were present.

The majority ruling right, led by the Social Democrats, had already refused to back similar propositions in 2012 and 2013.

In Portugal, any individual, including gays and lesbians, may apply to adopt but when the parliament legalized same-sex marriages in 2010, it expressly excluded allowing same-sex couples to adopt.


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