Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao – divorced mothers in their 30’s – were united in marriage in Portugal’s first same-sex ceremony since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law allowing marriage equality last month. The couple – who have been together since 2003 – married in a 15-minute ceremony in Lisbon. The union came less than a month after Portugal’s conservative president ratified a marriage equality law passed by Parliament in January. His approval made Portugal the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.
“This is a great victory, a dream come true. Now we’re a family, that’s the important thing ,” Pires said as the couple kissed and hugged. The couple said they will continue to fight for equal rights for including adoption.