Friday, July 31, 2009

Portugal's Marriage Exclusion Upheld

"Something good could happen/Something good could have happened"

In a closely divided decision, the Constitutional Court of Portugal voted 3 to 2 to uphold that country's restriction of marriage to male-female couples against a challenge based on a provision in the Portuguese Constitution forbidding sexual orientation discrimination, reports the Associated Press. I believe this is the statement from the Court's web site (but I do not read Portuguese). Unless the Court reverses course some time in the future or the European Court of Human rights accepts and agrees with the appeal of the lesbian couple denied a marriage license, marriage equality there will have to await the approval of Portugal's Parliament, which does not appear to be an imminent prospect.

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