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Portugal lesbian couple in nation's first gay marriage

11:46 am - 06/07/2010

The first same-sex marriage has taken place in Portugal, a month after a law allowing gay marriage came into effect.

Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married at a Lisbon registry office.

The couple - who had campaigned for a change to the law - described it as a "great victory, a dream come true".

The Socialist government had faced fierce opposition to the law in what is a mainly Catholic country.

But a petition against the change failed to gain enough support for a referendum.

The bill was passed by parliament in January and ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva in May - making Portugal the sixth European country to recognise same-sex marriages.

fishphile 7th-Jun-2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats to them! :D
internal666 7th-Jun-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Wonderful <3
slickdbackburns 7th-Jun-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
iolarah 7th-Jun-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope they have many happy years together.
_sockmonk_ 7th-Jun-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Awww :)
comaeffigy 7th-Jun-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congrats to them.

I hope it's marriage and not civil partnerships.
selenia_actimel 7th-Jun-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's marriage :D Civil partnerships were allowed since 2001, the new law effectively changed the definition of marriage in the constitution.
mysticlady3 7th-Jun-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Aww congrats to them.

<3 <3
mswyrr 7th-Jun-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Now, that is how a country can support strong families! Congrats to them and their loved ones.
nycscribbler 7th-Jun-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
oaktree89 7th-Jun-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Awww :)
supercrook 7th-Jun-2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to them!
selenia_actimel 7th-Jun-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! Congratulations to them, and the best of happiness to them!

Also, Paixão is a cool family name :3
yami_no_hoshi 7th-Jun-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
aww :) this makes me so happy!
me_and_jimmy 7th-Jun-2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
AWWW!! Yay x100000000+

I'm happy for them, and that is a cute picture.
sailor_moonbeam 7th-Jun-2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
lucygray 7th-Jun-2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Congrats to them!
gabrielgt1990 7th-Jun-2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
So great. Glad other places can be progressive. California, we're waiting...again.
gabrielgt1990 7th-Jun-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I love their happy expressions, very genuine.
stormqueen280 7th-Jun-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
So cute!
digitalviolets 7th-Jun-2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Aww, yay!
sparkindarkness 8th-Jun-2010 12:13 am (UTC)
*happy dance*
superfan1 8th-Jun-2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I hope for the best for them!
squeeful 8th-Jun-2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Aww, they look so cute and in love! <3
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