Thursday, December 17, 2009

Portuguese government may permit gay marriage

"Portugal’s Socialist government has drawn up a proposal that would make Portugal the sixth European country to allow gay marriage," reports "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."