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With Constitutional Court’s Approval, Portugal’s Gay Marriage is 1 President’s Signature Away From Becoming Real

With two justices dissenting, Portugal’s Constitutional Court has approved lawmakers’ passage of same-sex marriage, taking the case after President Anibal Cavaco Silva (pictured) cast doubts on four out of five of the bill’s provisions. And while Cavaco can still veto the bill, Prime Minister Jose Socrates, who made gay marriage a campaign pledge of his Socialist party, says he will overturn a rejection from the president; his party, after all, controls Parliament. If the bill passes, Portugal would become Europe’s sixth nation with legal gay marriage.

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