So are there still people out there who believe that the denial of legal same sex marriage, let alone the opposition to ALL equal rights for ALL LGBT people, is not upheld at the hand of prejudice and hatred, regardless of how judges and politicians are supposed to act? Then take a look at this story out of Portugal. FYI – Portugal’s constitution FORBIDS discrimination based on sexual orientation. Still, they recently upheld a ban on same sex marriage. Let’s understand what we’re up against here…
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Friday upheld the country’s ban on gay marriage, rejecting a challenge by two lesbians who are seeking to wed.
The court said its five judges ruled 3-2 against an appeal lodged by the women two years ago.
Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced mothers in their 30s who have been together as a couple since 2003, were turned away by a Lisbon registry office when they attempted to marry in 2006 because the law stipulates that marriage is between people of different genders.
Portugal’s constitution, however, also forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. The women took the case to a Lisbon court, which rejected their unprecedented challenge.
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