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Posted on Dec 18, 2009
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Portugal is likely to become the sixth European nation—after Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands—to legalize gay marriage. The Portuguese government has proposed to change the country’s official definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.  —KA

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The law is almost certain to pass, as the center-left Socialist government has the support of all left-of-center parties, who together have a majority in Parliament. Right-of-center parties oppose the measure.

The proposal changes Portuguese law to remove references to marriage being between two people of different sexes, Cabinet Minister Pedro Silva Pereira told a news conference Thursday, adding the government will send its proposal to lawmakers for a debate, probably in January.

If approved by Parliament, the proposed law goes to Portugal’s conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who can ratify or veto it. A veto can be overturned by Parliament.

If there is no presidential veto, the first gay marriage ceremonies could take place in April — a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on a four-day official visit.

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By dihey, December 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, and now perhaps Portugal. Which country of the European Community will be last? My hunch: around 2050 it will be a tossup between Poland and the UK.

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By ISSA, December 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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Actually same sex marriage is not convenient for both sides but I want to know how to make sex between two women if they will be married ?

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