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Court in Rio De Janeiro Recognizes Right to Gay Marriage

Court in Rio De Janeiro Recognizes Right to Gay Marriage


A Rio De Janerio judge, in a first for the region, has granted a same-sex couple the right to have their civil union upgraded to a marriage.

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Judge Luiz Felipe Francisco said Brazilian law does not prohibit marriage between members of the same sex.

“As there is no explicit barrier to marriage between two people of the same sex, it would be contrary to principles enshrined in the Constitution, such as equality, human dignity and pluralism [to deny the request,]” a statement reads.

The couple asked the court last October to recognize their civil union — referred to as a “stable union” in Brazil — as a marriage. It is the first such decision in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the latest victory in recent months for gay marriage advocates in Latin America’s most populous nation.

Previously, other couples have successfully petitioned to have their unions recognized as marriages but not all judges have interpreted the country’s laws to include equal access to marriage.

Currently only Mexico City and Alagoas officially allow for same-sex marriages. However, due to a high court ruling, all states must recognize legal same-sex marriages that were carried out in other regions so as to ensure that same-sex couples’  partnership and parental rights are upheld when travelling through the country.


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1:35AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

An amazing step forward! Success!

7:55PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

This seems to be a VERY large positive legal finding.

3:19PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012


11:54AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Great post Sa F! This is good news.

11:41AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, THE service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Of course conservative Christians in the US BELIEVE it is wrong, so it MUST BE.

11:39AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because the produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage

10:17AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

That picture is awesome! Also, great news :D

8:29AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Good news! The US, bastion of freedom and equality, is falling so far behind the rest of the world in social as well as economic issues, we risk becoming irrelevent.

8:23AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Good news/ One more step forward.

5:53AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Haha will you civil union me?

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