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UPDATED: Brazil Approves Civil Unions For Gay Couples

Here’s the tweet from NoticiasLGBT, an account that provides “a look at the LGBT world in Latin America and the rest of the world.” More as this develops…

UPDATE: In a unanimous decision reached by the 10 justices, Brazil’s Supreme Court found that, “Those who opt for a homosexual union cannot be treated less than equally as citizens,” Justice Camen Lucia was quoted by the AP. This means that couples in “stable” civil unions now share the same rights as married couples: including retirement benefits, inheritance, health benefits and the adoption of children. Everything but the word, right?

We often think of Brazil as the day dream destination of drama queens – large Pride celebrations, flamboyant beach attire and male models – but it’s also “number one when it comes to assassination, discrimination and violence against homosexuals,” said Marcelo Cerqueira, head of Gay Group of Bahia. Still gay activists in the country are hopeful that this will pave way for Brazil to follow Argentina and become the second country in Latin America to approve same-sex civil marriages.

ORIGINAL STORY: Brazilian Supreme Court justices have just reached a unanimous decision that will grant federal civil rights to gay and lesbian couples in the Latin American country. Deliberations began after a lawsuit was filed by Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, who believed in giving state employees the same rights. He was supported by Brazilian attorney general Roberto Gurgel.

Brazil is the fourth country in Latin America to approve of same-sex unions after Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina (which also grants marriage). Same-sex civil unions have only been granted in Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila, but not the rest of the country.

 

 

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           May 5, 2011
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  • 9 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      Fan-Fucking Tastic!

      Even with evil bastards like Boehner in office, we are still making progress, thanks for the news!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Camys
      Camys

      I have been following the televised session since morning… it´s such a huge advance! And a surprise, coming from a very conservative judicial system and a very religious country. But equality has won once again!

      We fought so hard for this, we deserved it!

      May 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fcobento
      fcobento

      Extremely happy and proud to be a brazilian!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      As well you should be, fcobento! Congratulations on your wonderful victory.

      May 6, 2011 at 12:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      This is my second post on the “New Queerty”to be moderated.

      Will someone at the “New Queerty” please tell me why my comments are being moderated, especially when I have not violated any of the Comments Policy…or why an email to Queerty about this problem has not been responded to?

      May 6, 2011 at 12:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      kudos to our fellow homos in Brazil. I hope marriage is next.

      May 7, 2011 at 8:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M.
      M.

      Good news? Second class marriages.

      May 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • meego
      meego

      Good for them. Now how about we get that in our own country?!

      May 9, 2011 at 9:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • declanto
      declanto

      I’m betting full marriage gets to Brazil before it gets to the USA.
      Congratulations Brazil!@M.: Whiner, the baby-step strategy works. Half a loaf is better than none.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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