Same-sex marriage


Sir, – The article “Pope attacks same-sex marriage” (World News, December 21st) makes no mention of Portugal, also a Catholic country, which has ratified same-sex marriage.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who said he was “setting aside personal convictions,” made the announcement three days after the visit of the Pope to Portugal in May 2010.

The Portuguese gay rights lobby group, Opus Gay, congratulated the president for putting his “ethical responsibility above personal opinions”. – Yours, etc,


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