Good news from across the pond! Even though Portugal is mostly Catholic, they somehow understand the separation of church and state better than we do:

LISBON, Portugal ‚Äî Portugal’s parliament passed a bill Friday that would make the predominantly Catholic nation the sixth in Europe to permit gay marriage.

Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva is thought unlikely to veto the Socialist government’s bill, which won the support of all left-of-center parties. His ratification would allow the first gay marriage ceremonies to take place in April ‚Äî a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on an official visit to Portugal.

The Iberian peninsula is now a full equality zone. Awesome.

(h/t Joe Sudbay)