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Wednesday 14 April 2010

Court backs gay marriage in Portugal

Posted in: International Daily News
By Daily News staff - 14th April 2010

Gay couples in Portugal are just one step away from the legal right to marry.

The nation's Constitutional Court has given the green light to the move, following parliament's support for same-sex marriage.

All that is needed to make the bill law is the signature of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva is now all that is needed to make the bill law. Euronews reports he sent it to the country’s top court last month, after expressing doubts over whether it was constitutional.

The tribunal’s president Rui Moura says no problems were found with the proposal. While it does not fit the traditional concept of marriage, as outlined in the constitution, he said this concept is open and can evolve.

If it is ratified, the law will come into effect just ahead of a visit to the staunchly Roman Catholic country by Pope Benedict XVI.

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