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Old May 18th, 2010, 07:45 AM   #1
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Portugal Legalizes Gay Marriage

Portugal's president ratifies gay marriage law







AP – Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva arrives to deliver a statement at Lisbon's Belem presidential …







By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press Writer Barry Hatton, Associated Press Writer – Mon May 17, 4:34 pm ET

LISBON, Portugal – Portugal's conservative president announced Monday he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage, making the predominantly Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva said he would not veto the bill because majority liberal lawmakers would only overturn his decision. The country must focus instead on battling a crippling economic crisis that has increased unemployment and deepened poverty, he said.

"Given that fact, I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians away from the grave problems affecting us," Cavaco Silva said.

He said he was setting aside his "personal convictions," though he did not elaborate and did not take reporters' questions.

The country's parliament passed the Socialist government-backed bill in January, with the support of all of Portugal's left-of-center parties, who together have a majority. Right-of-center parties opposed the measure and demanded a national referendum.

Elsewhere in Europe, gay marriage is permitted in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Norway. As well, five U.S. states and Washington, D.C., have legalized same-sex marriage, as have Canada and South Africa.

Cavaco Silva's announcement came three days after Pope Benedict XVI left Portugal. During his four-day visit, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people, the pontiff said same-sex marriage, and abortion, were some of the most "insidious and dangerous" threats facing the world.

Socialist Party spokesman Vitalino Canas welcomed the president's decision.

"This is a memorable moment," he said. "This is a great step forward for us politically and as a society."

Antonio Serzedelo, the president of lobby group Opus Gay, congratulated the head of state for placing "ethical responsibility above personal opinions."

Portugal is nearly 90 percent Catholic. However, only around 2 million of its 10.6 million people describe themselves as practicing Catholics and Portugal has drifted away from the church's teachings.

The current Socialist government has defied the church before. It passed a law in 2007 allowing abortion. The following year, it introduced a law allowing divorce even if one of the spouses objected. It has argued that the legislation is part of Portugal's "modernization."

The new law removes the previous legal stipulation that marriage is between two people of different sexes.

Portugal's Constitutional Court validated the bill's legality last month.

Like neighboring Spain, which introduced same-sex marriages four years ago, previous efforts in Portugal to introduce gay marriage ran into strong resistance from religious groups and conservative lawmakers.

Gay rights advocates have said they will continue to fight for gay couples' parental rights, including adoption, which are not included in the law.

Portugal lifted a prohibition on homosexuality in the early 1980s. In 2001, it passed a law allowing "civil unions" between same-sex couples, which granted couples certain legal, tax and property rights. However, it did not allow couples to take a partner's name, nor inherit his or her possessions or state pension.
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Portugal has also decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and LSD.



Recognising homosexual marriage seems like the next obvious step on their road to moral ineptitude and inevitable disaster.



They are also close to a Greek-style economic demise.



Unfortunately they have lost their way and are on a downward spiral.



Pity because they are Britain's oldest ally and used to be a world power. Not bad for a country of just 10m.
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Portugal has also decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and LSD.



Recognising homosexual marriage seems like the next obvious step on their road to moral ineptitude and inevitable disaster.



They are also close to a Greek-style economic demise.



Unfortunately they have lost their way and are on a downward spiral.



Pity because they are Britain's oldest ally and used to be a world power. Not bad for a country of just 10m.
Well, at least there was no mention of Bestial marriage.
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Well, at least there was no mention of Bestial marriage.




Wait. Bestial marriage is just a bit further down the slope.



It's only a matter of time.



Trust you to raise the subject of bestial marriage!
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Well, at least there was no mention of Bestial marriage.




That's because the link only exists in garys mind.

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That's because the link only exists in garys mind.





Actually it was Justice Scalia's ruling in Lawrence v Texas that created the link in the minds of intelligent people:



State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices.



Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding
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Still you can carry on living in denial if you wish.

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Wait. Bestial marriage is just a bit further down the slope.



It's only a matter of time.



Trust you to raise the subject of bestial marriage!
And this has what to do with...........wait a minute...........the thread topic is gay marriage. Fancy that.
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And this has what to do with...........wait a minute...........the thread topic is gay marriage. Fancy that.




No I don't fancy that.



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Actually it was Justice Scalia's ruling in Lawrence v Texas that created the link in the minds of intelligent people:



State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices.



Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding
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Still you can carry on living in denial if you wish.



So if you've had sex outside of marriage or masturbated, you're no different than someone who boinks goats?
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