Override Attempt of Portuguese President’s Gay Adoption Veto Scheduled for Tomorrow

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Currently, Portugal is the only nation with same-sex marriage but no gay adoption rights. When a new Left-leaning Parliament passed a gay adoption bill in December of 2015, out-going President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who leaves office on March 9th, vetoed it last month and sent it back to Parliament.

According to diàriodigital, supporters of the bill will vote on overriding the presidential veto on Wednesday and if they succeed that would obligate the President to sign it within 8 days of receiving the bill.

The site explains that the country’s constitution requires an absolute majority, at least 116 of the Portuguese Assembly’s 230 MPs, to vote in favor of the adoption bill for a successful override. It must also be sent back to Silva’s desk with no amendments in order to force the President to promulgate the law as he cannot veto the exact same bill twice.

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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