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Portugal overturns presidential veto on gay adoption

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By Euronews
Portugal overturns presidential veto on gay adoption

<p>Portugal’s parliament has overturned a presidential veto on a bill legalising adoption by same-sex couples. The motion was supported by the ruling Socialists and their far-Left allies. Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva will have to sign the bill allowing same sex adoption into law before his term ends in March.</p> <p>The president last month vetoed the gay adoption bill on the grounds that parliament passed it in November without having promoted a wide-enough national debate and citing doubts that it would promote the wellbeing of children.</p> <p>His refusal provoked sharp criticism from human rights groups and politicians alike.</p> <p>Under the constitution he now has eight days to sing the bill into law.</p>