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Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights

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  1. Well done, Portugal! This is indeed a very important development!

  2. Who knew Catholic Portugal would come from behind to be at the fore front of basic human rights and social progress. Bravo Portugal! It’s part of an elite group of 21 century nations!

  3. Portugal seems like a grown up country. We seem to be run by public school alcoholic twits

  4. I’m very proud of this tiny catholic country having the guts to stand up for equality ! forca portugal x

  5. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 18 May 2013, 9:58am

    Well done, but it was not full adoption remember.

    But then again some adoption right is better than no adoption rights!

    The Portugal president is a well known hateful and gutless bigot – so will he sign or veto this law. If vetoed, then what is needed is a minimum of a 2/3rds majority of the parliament can override the veto!!!!!

    1. Paul Mitchell, are you sure about the 2/3rds majority? I think that way the law will not pass in the Parliament…

    2. portuguese 22 May 2013, 5:30pm

      The law will pass, even if the president veto the law. Once the law is veto, it return to the parlamient to be discussed and change again and aproved, and will return to the president office and can not be vetoed again! ;)

  6. Let's have full adoption 20 May 2013, 3:35pm

    This is overdue and shows that even when it passed gay marriage Portugal did not grant full equality to its gay citizens. And it still doesn’t now, as this amendment does not grant full adoption rights as straights have them. Similarly, in France, lesbian couple have not been given the same access to IVF treatment as straight couples.

  7. Actually this wasn’t the final vote at the Parliament (generalidade). This was the first vote. The bill then went to discussion/analysis/improvement and it’s now waiting for its final vote at the Parliament (especialidade). Which should happen maybe this month (november 2013), but it’s constantly being delayed and a few other initiatives have since then arise (like the request for a national referendum, by an opposite party).
    Only after the final vote at the Parliament is the bill then sent to the President to be signed or vetoed. If signed than it will be published in the National Gazette and only then it will go into force (unless there is a specific date for when the law should go into force written in the published bill).

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