In Maya grassroots movement, the Movement for Equality in Access to Civil Marriage, was formed to campaign for the proposed same-sex marriage law. Same-sex marriage in Europe. On 19 JulyInstituto dos Registos e do Notariado published the following rules on marriage: In Maythe court rejected the motion and they appealed to the Portuguese Constitutional Court. On 13 Mayduring an official visit to Portugal four days before the ratification of the law, Pope Benedict XVIaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage, describing it as "insidious and dangerous". One year after the law came into force, approximately same-sex marriages had taken place in Portugal. On 4 NovemberFrancisco Assisthe parliamentary leader of the Socialist Party, said that the same-sex marriage bill would be voted upon soon and confirmed that the bill would not allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
On 8 JanuaryParliament rejected a motion calling for a national referendum on same-sex marriage.
On 8 Januaryafter a debate, which included the intervention of the Prime Minister   the Portuguese Parliament passed, in a vote, the bill in its first reading,    and rejected bills introduced by the Left Bloc and the Green Party, as well as a measure to create registered civil unions, submitted by the PSD. Status of same-sex unions around the world. One year after the law came into force, approximately same-sex marriages had taken place in Portugal.
While the bill did not contemplate adoption, most LGBT organizations in Portugal supported the measure as an important step.