Portuguese parliament has approved Friday two bills that will allow gay couples to adopt children. The bill was approved with 99 votes in favor, 94 votes against, and 9 abstentions.
The bills were strongly supported by the ruling center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the progressive Socialist Party (PS). The Communist Party was fully united behind the no vote.
The Portuguese parliament had approved the right to same-sex marriages in 2010, but without adoption rights. The law allows gay couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples, including taxes, inheritance and housing, but didn’t offer the right to adopt children.
Portugal is among the first 10 counties in the world to allow same-sex marriage. As recently as 1982, homosexuality was a crime in Portugal.
Today, Portugal has wide-ranging anti-discrimination laws and is one of the few countries in the world to contain a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution.
The first same-sex marriages in the world took place in the Netherlands on April 1, 2001. The countries that followed were Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Brazil.
Countries where gay adoption is legal include Guam, Andorra, Belgium, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom. It is also legal in some parts of Australia, Canada, and the United States.
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The definition of marriage is something that changes according to the person, but at its most basic definition - it should represent a loving and legal union between two people that love each other unconditionally.frisbee wrote:I don't wanna start anything...But please help me understand. Why would you want to marry another gay person? Its like two women starting a family. Are all marriages like Mitch and Cam from modern family - Where they're just rolling their eyes at each other always? There's no male principle in the equation at all. Its not...compatible.
Btw, I can't believe that an archbishop said that OoSUCCESS! A wrecking amendment – to kill the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – has just been defeated in the House of Lords by 390 votes to 148.
That's definitely NOT the same situation!"The rights of a homosexual man are identical to mine. Subject to the laws on incest and bigamy, we are both free to marry a woman. Neither he nor I may marry another man. Our positions are identical."
The Obama's have done an awful lot for LGBT issues.MonaBlissa wrote:This heifer that heckled Michelle Obama in the charity over LGBT issues needs to be slapped.
The Obama's have done everything, even to a fault, to kiss your community's butt and this entitled w*tch heckled Michelle Obama!
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/proteste ... fundraiser
The same reason why straight peple want to marry. It's about love or legal issues - legally sharing property, health benefits from a working spouse's employer covering a non-working spouse staying home with children, death benefits etc, Can you imagine you can't marry the person you love?frisbee wrote:I don't wanna start anything...But please help me understand. Why would you want to marry another gay person? Its like two women starting a family. Are all marriages like Mitch and Cam from modern family - Where they're just rolling their eyes at each other always? There's no male principle in the equation at all. Its not...compatible.
I can't see Slovakia allowing gay marriage either...not in my lifetime. What some GPs has said abut LGBT people is so hurtful and no one is doing anything.jpguy wrote:I don't think I'll ever, I mean.. EVER see the light of day when gay marriage is allowed in my country, Guatemala, or at least in the whole Central American region... it's so weird as neighbour country Mexico allows it in 3 municipalities... So sad
Reliigion... as usual, as always.. I'm ashamed of the comments people leave on the news outlets, saying stuff like:Otto Pérez Molina, president of Guatemala, says he is opposed to gay marriage, ahead of a discussion on the matter by the Organization of American States
Guatemala’s president Otto Pérez Molina said that his country is not in favor of gay marriage and abortion, two issues that will be discussed in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Ahead of the OAS General Assembly taking place later today (4 June) in Antigua, Guatemala, Molina said that his country is ‘pro-life’ and will remain opposed to any treaty proposed by the organization which includes marriage equality or abortion.
‘Guatemala’s rejection of abortion and gay marriage will be made clear,’ Molina stated yesterday (3 June), reported the daily La Hora.
He also said that Guatemala will insert a footer in the OAS’s treaty stating the country is ‘pro-life’.
He also added that an OAS treaty is not binding and does not require amending national laws.
Molina’s statement followed mass protests, entitled ‘Yes to life’ yesterday by Catholic and Evangelical groups against gay marriage and abortion which says the OAS is planning to include in its discussion of a draft treaty today.
Organizers of the demonstration said they had access to the draft agenda of the OAS General Assembly that include the decriminalization of abortion and marriage between persons of the same sex, reported Prensa Libre.
Cerón de Verónica, organizer of the Yes to life campaign, said protests will continue today as the OAS General Assembly takes place.
Molina said he supported the campaign headed by the country’s Episcopal Conference and the Evangelical Alliance.