European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Portuguese same-sex couples granted full adoption rights

Equal adoption rights for same-sex couples have been approved in Portugal following a parliamentary vote this afternoon (Friday, 20 November 2015).

A large majority of parliamentarians voted to extend adoption rights to same-sex couples.

ILGA-Europe are delighted at the outcome of today’s vote, viewing it as a major victory for equality.

Speaking after the vote, ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis said: “The road to equal adoption rights for same-sex couples in Portugal has been a long one. Today is a wonderful day for families in Portugal, for the LGBTI activists, civil society groups and allies who have worked so hard to eliminate discrimination in adoption law.”

Previous attempts to introduce joint adoption rights for same-sex couples failed in 2012 and 2013. Another legislative attempt to extend adoption rights was rejected as recently as January 2015.