Lesbian couple weds in Portugal's 1st gay marriage
LISBON, Portugal – Two lesbians who were pioneers in bringing to Portugal wed on Monday, becoming the first couple to enjoy the benefits of the law they helped usher into this predominantly Catholic country.
Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced Portuguese mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married in a 15-minute ceremony at a Lisbon registry office, taking advantage of a law introduced last month when the country's conservative president reluctantly ratified the legislation.
"This is a great victory, a dream come true," Pires said as the couple kissed and hugged.
"Now we're a family, that's the important thing," Pires said, adding they would continue to for homosexuals, including adoption.