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Portugal’s outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill

Portugal’s outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill

Portugal’s conservative president has vetoed a bill that would have made it legal for same-sex couples to adopt children.

Anibal Cavaco Silva, who leaves office on 9 March, rejected a bill that had been passed by the country’s parliament in December.

Silva, 76, said in a statement: ‘It is important that such a big change on a sensitive social topic is not entered into force without a broad public debate.’

Lawmakers will attempt to override Silva’s veto, according to AFP.

He has asked them to consider ‘the child’s best interest’ instead of viewing it as a matter of equal rights ‘between different and same-sex couples.’