Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva Vetoes Gay Adoption Bill

Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva has vetoed a bill recently approved by lawmakers that granted full adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples.

The legislation gave gay couples the same adoption rights as straight couples.

Silva called the change radical and in need of broader public consultation. He said that he was uncertain whether the changes were in the best interest of children.

Portugal in 2010 became the eighth country in the world to allow gay couples to marry. Silva signed the law approved by the Portuguese Parliament.

Silva’s veto was announced on Monday, along with a second veto of a bill that sought to loosen abortion restrictions.

A two-thirds majority of Parliament is needed to overturn Silva’s vetoes.

by Carlos Santoscoy
Source – On Top Magazine