Lawmakers in Portugal voted Friday to allow spouses in same-sex marriages to legally adopt their partner’s children. It was a close vote, too:
Parliament approved the measure by a vote of 99-94, with nine abstentions, the Portuguese American Journalreports. 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.
Awesome news; hopefully it’s not too long before we see joint adoption legalized here (and everywhere) as well.