Lawmakers in Portugal have voted to
override a veto on a bill that grants full adoption rights to gay and
lesbian couples, giving gay couples the same adoption rights as
Parliament approved the bill in
November, but President Anibal Cavaco Silva refused to sign it into
Silva called the change radical and in
need of broader public consultation. He said that he was uncertain
whether the changes were in the best interest of children.
A majority of 116 votes were needed to
overturn Silva's veto. It received 137 votes.
Portugal in 2010 became the eighth
country in the world to allow gay couples to marry. Silva signed the
law approved by the Portuguese Parliament.