Dating is a chance — a chance to meet someone new, a chance for them to introduce you to people, places and things that you never knew that you’d love.
It isn’t about how many friends you have in common, or whether you want a boy or a girl or no kids at all, it isn’t about how tall someone is or the color or their hair, and it isn’t about finding "the one".
It’s the chance to spend time together — maybe a lifetime but maybe just an hour.
It’s the chance to meet anyone, anywhere in the world.
It’s the chance that there might be more out there, something you’ve never even imagined.
Netherlands: · Netherlands proper New Zealand: · New Zealand proper Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden United Kingdom: · England and Wales · Scotland · ASCN*, IM, PCRN United States: · United States proper · GU, MP, PR, VI · some tribal jurisdictions Uruguay The government of Prime Minister José Sócrates introduced a bill for legalization in December 2009; it was passed by the Assembly of the Republic (the Portuguese Parliament) in February 2010.
The bill was declared legally valid by the Portuguese Constitutional Court in April 2010.
On , President Aníbal Cavaco Silva ratified the law and Portugal became the sixth country in Europe and the eighth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.
On 1 February 2006, a lesbian couple applied for a marriage licence.
Their application was refused, but the couple, Teresa Pires and Helena Paixão, promised to challenge the ban in court, saying that it discriminated against them on the basis of sexual orientation, where this type of discrimination is banned by the 1976 constitution.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation was made illegal in 2004.