Portugal parliament votes down gay adoption

Third time lawmakers reject full adoption rights for same-sex couples

Portugal’s parliament yesterday (22 January) rejected draft laws that would allow gay couples to adopt children for the third time, although the vote margin was smaller than ever.

The bills were all defeated by some 30 votes in the Lisbon assembly, which 220 deputies attended.

The majority ruling right refused to back similar measures in 2012 and 2013.

The assembly legalized gay marriage in 2010, but expressly excluded the right for the couples to adopt a child together.

In 2013, parliament narrowly approved limited adoption rights for gay couples, allowing those in same-sex relationships to adopt their partner’s biological or adopted child.

by Darren Wee
Source – Gay Star News