Portugal Approves Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

The measure allows one spouse to adopt the other's adopted or biological children.

BY Trudy Ring

May 17 2013 7:32 PM ET

After having approved marriage equality in 2010, leading to the celebration pictured, the Portuguese Parliament today added adoption rights for same-sex spouses.

Portugal, one of the most advanced nations in the world when it comes to LGBT rights, took another step forward today with legislation allowing members of same-sex married couples to adopt a spouse’s children.

Parliament approved the measure by a vote of 99-94, with nine abstentions, the Portuguese American Journal reports. It allows one spouse the right to adopt the other’s biological or adopted children. However, another proposal, which would have let same-sex couples adopt jointly, was defeated.

Portugal criminalized homosexuality as recently as 1982, but it has come far since then, being one of the few countries in the world with a constitution that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. It has had marriage equality since 2010.

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