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Portugal's Parliament votes to allow gay marriages

PORTUGAL

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Portugal's Parliament passed a bill Friday that would make the predominantly Catholic nation the sixth in Europe to permit gay marriage.

Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva is thought unlikely to veto the Socialist government's bill, which won the support of all left-of-center parties. His ratification would allow the first gay marriage ceremonies to take place in April — a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on an official visit to Portugal.

Right-of-center parties opposed the change and sought a national referendum on the issue, but their proposal was rejected and the government's bill was passed on a 125-99 vote.

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Elsewhere

Uganda: A lawmaker on Friday refused to withdraw proposed legislation that would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians despite international condemnation and presidential opposition to a measure that could scare off foreign investors.

Myanmar: A court in Myanmar has sentenced a retired military officer and a Foreign Ministry official to death for leaking details of secret trip to North Korea by government officials, according to news reports that cited lawyers in the country.

VENEZUELA: President Hugo Chavez announced a devaluation of the currency Friday, a move that reflects the financial stress faced by his government since the price of oil, the nation's top export commodity, fell as a result of the global financial crisis.

Pakistan: A blast apparently caused by a suicide vest stored in a house in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi killed eight suspected militants Friday, police said.

Times wires

Portugal's Parliament votes to allow gay marriages 01/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 11:24pm]

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