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Portugal's outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill

Wants lawmakers to consider 'the child's best interest'

Portugal's outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill
Anibal Cavaco Silva leaves office in March

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.’

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