Portugal’s parliament has passed legislation to authorize gay marriage.  If approved by the President, Portugal would become the sixth European nation to recognize same-sex marriage, joining Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway,  Spain and Sweden (as well as Canada and South Africa).  This article by Barry Hatton in the Washington PostPortuguese parliament approves same-sex marriage bill – suggests that Portugal’s president is unlikely to veto the bill, which could go into effect in April.