Portugal Approves Partial Right of Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

Via the Portuguese American JournalLGBT: Portuguese parliament approves right to adoption.

The law provides for the spouses in same-sex marriage to adopt the biological child of their spouse:

Portuguese parliament has approved Friday a bill that will allow same-sex married couples to adopt their partner’s bilological or adopted children. The bill was approved with 99 votes in favor, 94 votes against, and 9 abstentions.

The bill was supported by the ruling center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the progressive Socialist Party (PS).

However, a bill allowing a married same-sex couple to adopt as a couple was rejected by parliament. ABC News has the numbers:

another proposal by the Left Bloc and Green Party that would have let gay partners adopt children together as a married couple was defeated, with 104 votes against, 77 in favor and 21 abstentions.

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  1. what is that I don't even... says:

    “Partial Right of Adoption” ?

    So, they get part(s) of kids?

    What good is that ?!!?

    Stew ?

  2. @what is that I don’t even…: Partial rights, not partial children.

  3. Andre Kenji says:

    In Brazil, in 2001, when singer Cassia Eller died the judge had allowed her partner to keep her son(http://i1.r7.com/data/files/2C95/948F/3B94/871A/013B/9491/B52A/4740/526307_378174375598044_14576140_n.jpg).