Portugal Becomes 6th European Country To Approve Same-sex Marriage

Kissing in celebration in front of the Portuguese Parliament Building

Pope Benedict will probably have to go out and buy another pair of Prada shoes to console himself because today one more of the old Catholic strongholds, Portugal, gave the approval to same-sex marriage.

According to Lisbon’s Diario de Noticias and Madrid’s abc.es (I needed the back-up of Spanish to translate), the Portuguese Parliament voted to give the go ahead for legalizing gay marriage.  Portugal now joins its Iberian neighbor Spain,  where same-sex weddings have been legal since 2005.  Four other European countries allow gay marriage: Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

Said Prime Minister José Sócrates, “This is an historic moment for the Assembly of the Republic, and I am happy to have participated in it.”

It’s interesting to note that both Portugal and Spain were both governed by right-wing dictators well into the 1970s and a mere 30 some years later both have come this far in working to eliminate discrimination.

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American Idol Has Adam Lambert and Sweden’s Got Talent Has . . . Knäckebrödsdansen

Someone is going to comment that this is what happens when a country becomes too socialistic, but this is so much more fun than the Perez Hilton–Miss California USA cat fight.

It doesn’t really matter if your Swedish doesn’t go any further than “lutefisk”. but I’m sure if it goes as far as Swedish meatballs, some of you reality show junkies will get a kick out of this past week’s show of Sweden’s Got Talent. (One of you will really like this, and I think you know who you are.)