Portugal's Parliament has approved a bill that allows gay and lesbian couples to adopt children.

Lawmakers also approved a bill that permits lesbians to conceive children through medically assisted fertilization.

Portugal became the sixth European country and the eighth nation in the world to allow gay couples to marry with passage of a marriage bill in 2010.

In 2013, the Portuguese Parliament approved a law that allows married gay couples to adopt the children of their spouses but stopped short of giving them equal adoption rights to heterosexual couples.

The policy changes were approved a month after voters headed to the polls. Members of the Socialist Party, Communist Party and Left Bloc vowed to approved the changes if elected.

Detailed voting figures on the bills have not been announced, the AP reported.