Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s first marriage of a same-sex couple

As posted by Barry Hatton for The Associated Press:


"A lesbian couple wed Monday in Portugal's first ceremony for a same-sex couple since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law honoring the freedom to marry last month.

"Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced Portuguese mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married in a 15-minute ceremony at a Lisbon registry office.

"'This is a great victory, a dream come true,' Pires said as the couple kissed and hugged.

"'Now we're a family, that's the important thing,' Pires said, adding they would continue to fight for equal rights for homosexuals, including adoption.

"The ceremony came less than a month after Portugal's conservative president ratified a marriage equality law passed by Parliament in January. His approval made Portugal the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed."

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