Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Portugal Legalises Same-Sex Marriage

Same sex marriage officially become legalised in Portugal on Saturday, the 5th of June.

Portugal thus became the sixth country in the European elite to ratify same-sex marriage (as opposed to civil partnerships), joining Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and neighbouring Spain. Outside Europe, only Canada and South Africa celebrate same-sex marriage.

Nepal is expected to be next. This will make Australasia the only continent without a state that allows same-sex marriage.

Portugal's most famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is on record as having vocally supported the new law.

You can find out the status of the recognition of same-sex relationships in Europe on wikipedia here and in the world in general here.

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