On May 17, 2010, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva signed a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the country. The bill was passed by Parliament and approved by the Constitutional Court prior to Silva's ratification. Although the bill received strong support from the ruling Socialist Party, it was also subject to heavy opposition from political conservatives and the Catholic Church. The bill's passage into law made Portugal the sixth European nation to recognize same-sex marriage including Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
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