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Portugal Legalizes Gay Marriage

Yesterday, Portugal became the sixth European country to legalize gay marriage. Even though the country is nearly 90 percent Catholic (though only a small portion of that 90 percent actually classifies itself as practicing) and President Anibal Cavaco Silva himself said that he had to put aside "personal convictions" to sign the law into effect, the Socialist government's bill was supported by all of Portugal's left-of-center parties, who together hold a majority in Parliament.

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