Portugal legalizes same-sex marriage

Portugal is a very Catholic country (84.5% Catholic). Unlike in the United States, which purports to have a separation of church and state, the Catholic Church doesn’t control the legislative process in Portugal. Today, the Parliament approved same-sex marriage:

Portugal’s parliament passed a bill Friday that would make the predominantly Catholic nation the sixth in Europe to permit gay marriage.

Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva is thought unlikely to veto the Socialist government’s bill, which won the support of all left-of-center parties. His ratification would allow the first gay marriage ceremonies to take place in April — a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on an official visit to Portugal.

Right-of-center parties opposed the change and sought a national referendum on the issue, but their proposal was rejected and the government’s bill was passed by 125 votes to 99.


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  • UncleBucky

    Yeahhhh, haha but to only one man at a time, Mr. “men are so hot there!” They didn’t legalize polygamy, ya know! ;-)

    Cheers however to your wish!

  • The Cole

    VCG : Actually, I knew about this history, Sócrates having a relationship with an actor.
    But then, months ago, I read in different newspapers or magazines that Sócrates has a girlfriend (he is divorced), although he doesn’t show her at every occasion… Real girlfriend or “alibi-girlfriend” ?

    What I find to be good in Portugal is that the private-sphere of the politicians is respected (correct me if I’m wrong), like in France or Switzerland – or at least mor respected than in the US or in the UK.

    They say that Portugal is a very catholic country, but the prime minister is divorced, non re-married, agnostic and in favour of gay marriage !!!!

  • VCG

    Hey Guys!
    I’m Portuguese and I was just reading your discussion.
    We’re all very happy, we proved that politics and religion are different things, maybe we can inspire your nation and others, who knows?
    That’s how we like it, Mr. Prime Minister! You promised, you delivered in less than 3 months!
    The funny fact is that the first same-sex marriages will take place in April, a month prior to the Pope’s visit, hahaha!
    We’re celebrating the first centenary of our Republic, after the fall of the Monarchy in 1910. What a good way to start, huh?

    To “The Cole”:
    Actually, one of the reasons that explains why Sócrates is in favor of gay marriage is that he’s secretly gay (well, not that secretly since the media found out that he had a relashionship with an actor, lol).
    Very good comments, congratulations!
    —–

    Let’s hope your conservative parties don’t keep you from taking bigger steps!

    (Personal question: it’s very confusing for me the following facts – an american citizen living in a certain state can be punished with the death penalty, and another citizen living in a different state cannot! And if a citizen is gay and lives in a certain state he can get married, but if he lives in another state, he can’t! Don’t take me wrong, but how united are those states of america?)

    Peace to the U, to the S, to the A!!!

  • Saphyn

    I’d gladly get out of this place if I could. Do you think we want to stay with people like you around?

  • The Cole

    Actually, one of the reasons that explains why Sócrates is in favour of gay marriage (if you don’t count his wish to end discrimination) is that he’s agnostic !

  • http://insideoutandbackwards.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/creepy-clown-nun.jpg Ritorna Vincitor

    You said it. When are we going to jettison our Puritan baggage? Heck, I don’t even like turkey that much.

  • http://thecrustybastard.blogspot.com/ the crustybastard

    I guess that’s the difference between a guy like Socrates and the US Christian majority. Most Christians think suffering is somehow beneficial.

    Morons.

  • http://insideoutandbackwards.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/creepy-clown-nun.jpg Ritorna Vincitor

    VERY good point, The Cole.

  • The Cole

    And also another thing for Obama to listen :

    Sócrates had promised before his second term that he would legalize gay marriage if we was elected… He did as he promised. Do you know when he was re-elected ? October 2009… 3 months ago !!!!!!
    If you count all 4 left-wing parties, there is a majority. He has a majority and he legalized gay marriage fast !!!

  • psychodrew

    I’d give up my American citizenship in a heartbeat. If my options are love it or leave it, my response is “Buh-bye”.

  • http://insideoutandbackwards.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/creepy-clown-nun.jpg Ritorna Vincitor

    Hooray for Portugal! “This law rights a wrong,” Prime Minister Jose Socrates said in a speech to lawmakers, adding that it “simply ends pointless suffering.”And Pope Benedict is scheduled for a visit to Portugal shortly after the marriages will begin. Won’t that be icing on the wedding cake!

    And listen to this, Mr. Obama. “It’s a slight change to the law, it’s true,” Socrates, the prime minister, said. “But it is a very important and symbolic step towards fully ensuring respect for values that are essential in any democratic, open and tolerant society: the values of freedom, equality and non-discrimination.”

  • rand503

    This gay for sure! The men are so hot there, and now I can get married!

  • Mike__in__Houston

    Perhaps you should go there, Jack. Maybe you’d have better luck with Portuguese than you do with English. It’s “gays,” not “gay’s.”

  • Jack

    Let all the gay’s go there!

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