Portuguese President Vetoes Gay Adoption Bill

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Today the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, vetoed legislation to allow gay couples in the country to adopt. Portugal is the only nation with gay marriage but no same-sex adoption rights.

The move did not surprise some LGBT activists as Silva previously sent a 2010 same-sex marriage bill to the Constitutional Court for review. Although he signed the marriage law following a green light from the Court, by asking for the Court’s opinion, the law had been delayed by several weeks. Silva, who leaves office in March, is being replaced by another center-right candidate. If the adoption bill is passed in Parliament once again, as is, then the veto will be overriden. If changes are made, the bill will most likely come before the new President later this year.

President-elect, Rebelo de Sousa, said in a Parliamentary debate earlier this month that he sees no reason not to sign the bill.

According to DN, the Left majority in Parliament has announced an attempt to override Silva’s veto. The Left Bloc is optimistic that as early as this week an override will succeed and not require de Sousa’s future promulgation.

To achieve an override, supporters of the bill must now pass the proposal with no amendments and with an absolute majority of MPs in favor.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Portugal, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Portugal

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