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Gay marriage 'likely' in Portugal

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The gay community in Portugal is confident that, after much pressure, same-sex marriages will be allowed within a matter of months.

While neighbouring Spain permitted gay marriage almost five years ago, so far much of Portuguese society has staunchly opposed the concept.

However, it is thought the Socialist government may pass gay marriage or civil partnership into law as soon as early in the New Year.

Humphrey Hawksley reports.

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