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Portugal – Prominenten voor ‘Homohuwelijk’ February 18, 2006

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Een petitie met de namen van zeker 5.000 prominenten waarin wordt opgeroepen het huwelijk open te stellen voor paren van gelijk geslacht is aangeboden aan het Portugese parlement.

De petitie is getekend door bekende Portugezen, waaronder ook leden van de linkse partijen. Volgens de Portugese wet moet elke petitie die door meer dan 4.000 mensen ondertekend is, in behandeling genomen worden door een commisie van de Portugese Tweede Kamer. De commissie moet dan beslissen of de kwestie door het hele parlement besproken moet worden.

In de petitie wordt opgeroepen de huwelijkswetgeving te veranderen, zodat ook paren van gelijk geslacht kunnen trouwen. De ondertekenaars willen namelijk geen samenleving met ‘tweederangs burgers vanwege hun liefde’.

In 2001 hebben paren van gelijk geslacht in Portugal al een beetje gelijkberechtiging gekregen, vooral als het gaat om belastingvoordelen zoals die al golden voor heteroparen. Sindsdien is de roep om volledige gelijkberechtiging luider geworden. Vooral ook nadat vorig jaar in buurland Spanje het huwelijk voor paren van gelijk geslacht werd opengesteld.

Uit opiniepeilingen blijkt echter dat een meerderheid van de overwegend Rooms-Katholieke Portugese bevolking nog tegen de openstelling van het huwelijk voor paren van gelijk geslacht is.

Eerder deze maand heeft een lesbisch paar zich aangemeld bij de burgerlijke stand om te trouwen.

Helena Paixao en Teresa Pires deden dat onder het oog van televisiecamera’s, maar kregen nul op het rekest, want de Portugese wet stelt uitdrukkelijk dat een huwelijk enkel gesloten kan worden tussen een man en een vrouw.

De beide vrouwen hebben deze weigering aangegrepen om een juridische procedure te starten tegen de Portugese staat.

COC (Holanda)

Parlamento português recebe petição favorável ao casamento gay February 16, 2006

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Da France Press, em Lisboa

Vários intelectuais, celebridades e advogados portugueses apresentaram nesta quinta-feira uma petição favorável ao casamento homossexual, apoiada por mais de 500 assinaturas.

O documento solicita uma revisão do Código Civil que permita às pessoas do mesmo sexo ter direito ao matrimônio “porque não queremos que o amor crie cidadãos e cidadãs de segunda classe”.

Em virtude da legislação portuguesa, toda petição assinada por mais de 4.000 pessoas deve ser examinada pelo gabinete do Parlamento, a quem corresponde depois decidir se deve ser debatida em plenário.

“Portugal é, neste momento, o único país da Europa onde a Constituição proíbe explicitamente a discriminação sobre a base da orientação sexual. No entanto, esta discriminação continua existindo na lei, já que o casamento civil é proibido para casais de gays e lésbicas”, destacou a petição.

Em 1º de fevereiro, duas lésbicas, Helena Peixão, 35, e Teresa Pires, 28, foram o primeiro casal homossexual português a apresentar um pedido de casamento perante um cartório civil lisboeta.

O encarregado do cartório rejeitou no dia seguinte a petição, argumentando que o Código Civil só diz respeito a pessoas de sexos diferentes, o que suscitou um grande debate sobre a legislação do casamento entre homossexuais em Portugal.

Desde 2001, a lei portuguesa reconhece as uniões de fato de pessoas que vivam em comum por mais de dois anos, com independência de sexo, mas a elas só é concedido um número reduzido de benefícios, especialmente na área fiscal.

Folha de São Paulo (Brasil)

Pétition au parlement en faveur du mariage gay au Portugal February 16, 2006

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Une pétition en faveur du mariage gay comportant plus de cinq mille signatures a été présentée jeudi au parlement portugais par plusieurs célébrités, intellectuels et avocats.

La pétition demande une révision du Code civil qui permette à des personnes de même sexe de pouvoir accéder au mariage «parce que nous ne voulons pas que l’amour crée des citoyens et des citoyennes de seconde classe».

En vertu de la législation portugaise toute pétition signée par plus de 4000 personnes doit être examinée par le bureau du parlement qui doit décider si elle doit faire l’objet d’un débat en séance plénière.

«Le Portugal est actuellement le seul pays d’Europe dont la Constitution interdit explicitement la discrimination sur la base de l’orientation sexuelle. Cette discrimination continue cependant d’exister dans la loi, le mariage civil étant interdit aux couples de gays ou de lesbiennes», souligne la pétition.

Le 1er février, deux lesbiennes, Helena Paixao, 35 ans, et Teresa Pires, 28 ans, avaient été le premier couple homosexuel portugais à déposer une demande de mariage devant un bureau de l’état civil de Lisbonne.

L’officier de l’état civil avait opposé son refus le lendemain en faisant valoir que le Code civil ne prévoit le mariage qu’entre personnes de sexes différents, suscitant un large débat sur la légalisation du mariage homosexuel au Portugal.

L’avocat des deux femmes, Me Luis Rodrigues, a fait appel de cette décision.

Les défenseurs de la légalisation du mariage avancent l’article 13 de la Constitution portugaise, introduit en 2004, interdisant explicitement la «discrimination fondée sur l’orientation sexuelle» et l’article 36 qui consacre le droit pour «tous les citoyens de fonder une famille et de se marier».

Selon eux et selon plusieurs juristes, ces deux articles de la Constitution doivent prévaloir sur l’article 1577 du code civil, antérieur à cette norme constitutionnelle, qui ne prévoit le mariage qu’entre personnes de sexes différents.

La loi portugaise reconnaît depuis 2001 les unions de fait des personnes vivant en couple depuis plus de deux ans indépendamment de leur sexe mais ne leur concède qu’un nombre réduit de droits essentiellement en matière fiscale.

Cyberpress (Canadá)

Portuguese campaigners petition parliament for same-sex marriage February 16, 2006

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LISBON (AFP) – Portuguese gay rights campaigners submitted a petition to parliament with over 5,000 signatures urging the assembly to change the law to permit same-sex marriages.

Several celebrities, literary figures and left-wing lawmakers signed the petition, which demands that the law in the strongly Catholic country be changed so that homosexuals are no longer treated as “second-class citizens”.

Under Portuguese law, petitions accompanied by more than 4,000 valid signatures that are submitted to parliament must be analyzed by the assembly. It can then decide whether or not to put the issue to a full parliamentary debate.

Since neighbouring Spain legalized same-sex marriage last year, pressure from gay rights campaigners has been mounting in Portugal for Lisbon to do the same.

The issue gained prominence earlier this month when a lesbian couple filed a legal challenge to the law after their request for a marriage licence was turned down by a Lisbon registry office.

Gay rights campaigners argue that the law which stipulates that marriage must be between a man and a woman is illegal as it contradicts the constitution. The constitution was altered in 2004 to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

“Portugal is the only nation in Europe whose constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” said Manuel Morais, the president of the Portuguese branch of the Brussels-based International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

“It is based on this that we have proposed our petition asking that the law be changed to give same-sex couples access to civil marriage,” he added after delivering the petition to the speaker of the parliament, Jaime Gama.

The tiny Left Bloc party plans to submit a bill to parliament which would authorize same-sex civil marriages.

But the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Socrates, which enjoys a majority in parliament, has said it has has no plans to alter the legal definition of marriage.

Gay couples were in 2001 given some of the same legal and tax benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples in common law marriages.

Public opinion polls show a majority of people in Portugal oppose allowing gay marriages.

Yahoo News (Estados Unidos) e IOL (África do Sul)

Wenig Aussichten auf Homosexuellen-Ehe in Portugal February 14, 2006

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Die Sozialistische Regierung und der konservative Präsident halten das Thema für “nicht dringend”

Die Kohabitation zwischen der sozialistischen Regierung Portugals unter José Socrates und dem frisch gewählten konservativen Präsidenten Aníbal Cavaco Silva scheint zu funktionieren. Zumindest, wenn es um althergebrachte Moralvorstellungen geht, sind sich die Sozialistische Partei (PS) und die konservative Sozialdemokratische Partei (PSD) einig: Das Thema Homo-Ehe sei “nicht dringend”.

Es drohe die “portugiesische Gesellschaft zu spalten”, behaupten beide Parteizentralen in der Debatte, die wieder an Kraft gewinnt, seit sich Anfang des Monats zwei Frauen in Lissabon verheiraten wollten. Der Antrag auf Eheschließung wurde abgelehnt. “Das ist verfassungswidrig”, beschweren sich die beiden nun. Schließlich lebten sie wie “eine normale Familie.”Teresa und Helena ziehen seit Jahren gemeinsam zwei Mädchen im Alter von sechs und elf Jahren auf. Die Frauen berufen sich auf den Paragrafen 13 der portugiesischen Verfassung. Dort steht klar geschrieben, dass niemand wegen seiner sexuellen Neigung diskriminiert werden darf.

“Genau das tut das Zivilgesetz aber”, sagt der Anwalt der beiden, Luis Rodrigues. Denn der Artikel über Eheschließung bestimmt ausdrücklich, dass nur “zwei Personen un^ter^schied^li^chen Geschlechts” heiraten dürfen. Teresa und Helena haben eine Klage vor dem Verfassungsgericht erhoben. Falls sie dort nicht Recht bekommen, wollen vor das Menschenrechts-Gericht in Straßburg ziehen.

Wenig Unterstützung

Die Unterstützung der Lesben- und Schwulenverbände ist ihnen sicher. Sie fordern, Portugal solle dem Beispiel des Nachbarlandes Spanien folgen: Dort ist die Homo-Ehe erlaubt. Im Übrigen aber gibt es wenig Unterstützung im streng katholischen Portugal. Sogar die Kommunisten tun sich schwer mit dem Thema Homo-Ehe. Sie fordern “eine gesellschaftliche Debatte”, mehr aber nicht.

Nur der Linksblock erhebt im Parlament seine Stimme für die Homosexuellen. “Jeder hat das Recht darauf, eine Familie zu gründen und unter gleichen Bedingungen zu heiraten”, verteidigt Fernando Rosas, Abgeordneter des Linksbündnisses, einen geplanten Gesetzesentwurf seiner Fraktion. Das bisherige Partnerschaftsgesetz sei nicht ausreichend.

Portugal kennt seit 2001 eine “faktische Lebensgemeinschaft”. Für sie gilt aber weder das Recht auf Adoption noch auf gemeinschaftlichen Besitz oder Erbschaft nach dem Tod eines Partners. Als Zeichen der Hoffnung werten die Homosexuellen, dass mittlerweile trotz der harten Haltung der Regierung Teile des sozialistischen Lagers laut über Homo- Ehe nachdenken.

So fordert die Sozialistische Jugend von der Mutterpartei eine Gesetzesinitiative. Eventuell nach dem Referendum über die Liberalisierung der Abtreibung, verlautet mittlerweile aus der Parteizentrale. Doch das kann dauern – vor 2007 wird das Volk über dieses ebenfalls sehr umstrittene Thema nicht abstimmen.

Der Standard (Áustria)

Portekizli lezbiyenler: Evlenmek hakkımız! February 3, 2006

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Koyu Katolikliğiyle bilinen Portekiz’de ilk kez bir lezbiyen çift evlilik müracaatında bulundu. Helena Paixao ve Teresa Pires, basın toplantısı düzenleyerek evlendirme dairesine evlilik için başvurdu. Mirasının partnerine kalmasını istediğini söyleyen Paixao, “Kaybedecek bir şeyimiz yok” dedi. Portekiz kanunlarında yer almadığı için çiftin başvurusu reddedildi. Bundan sonraki süreçte ise lezbiyen çift, kendilerini evlendirmeyen hükümeti, “yasalar önünde herkes eşittir” ilkesinden yola çıkarak hukuki ayrımcılığa maruz kaldıklarını savunan uzun bir hukuk mücadelesi başlatacak.

Akşam (Turquia)

Women launch battle for gay marriage February 3, 2006

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LISBON — A Portuguese public registration office yesterday rejected an application by two women to get married, prompting them to launch a legal battle to legalise homosexual marriage.

Teresa and Lena had left their marriage application in Lisbon the previous day, but were anticipating a negative response and had prepared a court appeal.

The women, who live together with the daughter of one of them, say they are prepared to take their cause all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

The women’s lawyer is arguing that legislation prohibiting same- sex marriage contradicts the constitution, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Portugal’s governing Socialists and opposition conservatives have said homosexual marriage is not among their priorities. Justice Minister Antonio Costa said the government had no plans to modify the law in question.

The Left Bloc called for a parliamentary discussion on homosexual marriage.

Khaleej Times (Emiratos Árabes Unidos)

Portekiz’de lezbiyen evlilik için ilk başvuru… February 2, 2006

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AFP muhabirinin bildirdiğine göre, Lizbon’da dün bir evlendirme dairesine müracaat eden Helena Paixao ve Teresa Pires adlı kadınlar, evlenmek istediklerini resmen bildirdiler.

Üç yıldır birlikte yaşayan çift, Portekiz’de eşcinsel evliliğinin yasal hale getirilmesini istediklerini belirtti.

Lezbiyen çifte destek veren bir grup gösterici, daireden çıkarken çifti alkışlarla karşıladı.

Sky Turk (Turquia)

Lesbian couple begin marriage fight February 2, 2006

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From correspondents in Lisbon

A Portuguese lesbian couple filed for a marriage licence today in an attempt to open a legal battle they hope will lead to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the staunchly Roman Catholic country.

Helena Paixao, 35, and Teresa Pires, 28, applied for the licence at a Lisbon registry office under the glare of dozens of cameras.

Officials said they would study the request and give their decision tomorrow.

As Portuguese law currently does not allow for same-sex marriage the request is widely expected to be turned down.

But the couple, who have been together for over three years, said they plan to argue in court that this goes against the constitution, which was altered in 2004 to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The two women are the first gay couple to mount a public challenge to marriage laws in Portugal, where the gay community has a low profile.

They sparked a media debate over the issue of same-sex marriage earlier this year when they announced their intention to seek a marriage licence.

Gay couples were in 2001 given some of the same legal and tax benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples in common law marriages however public opinion polls show a majority of Portuguese oppose allowing gay marriages.

But since neighbouring Spain legalised same-sex marriage and adoptions by gay couples last year, pressure from gay groups has been mounting in Portugal for Lisbon to do the same.

Last month Britain became the latest country to recognise some form of gay union, following Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.

The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times e Herald Sun (Austrália)

Portogallo: due donne fanno domanda di matrimonio February 2, 2006

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LISBONA – Una coppia di donne omosessuali ha presentato oggi domanda di matrimonio per la prima volta in Portogallo per richiamare l’attenzione sul problema delle unioni gay. Teresa Jirea, 28 anni, e Helena Paixao, di 38, si sono presentate, tenendosi per mano ed accompagnate da alcuni sostenitori, all’Ufficio dello stato civile di Lisbona . La coppia ha presentato la domanda, che è stata accettata, ma una risposta, certamente negativa, è attesa per la giornata di domani. Il loro avvocato afferma che la richiesta è stata presentata sulla base dell’articolo 13 della Costituzione che proibisce la discriminazione su base sessuale: due donne avrebbero quindi lo stesso diritto di sposarsi di un uomo e una donna. Il codice civile portoghese invece proibisce il matrimonio omosessuale. In Portogallo peraltro dal 2001 sono state riconosciute le unioni di fatto di persone che vivono insieme da due anni, indipendentemente dal sesso, ma sono pochi i diritti che vengono garantiti in questo ambito. ‘Il nostro desiderio di sposarci è forte esattamente come quello di una coppia eterosessuale’, ha detto Teresa aggiungendo di volersi sposare nel suo paese. La vicina Spagna ha varato una legge che consente le unioni gay lo scorso anno unendosi ad altri paesi europei come Olanda e Belgio.

 Yahoo! (Itália)