Brazil may soon join neighbor Argentina in approving gay marriage.
Brazil’s Supreme Appeals Court said yesterday, October 25, that under Brazil’s constitution, Ozório Katia and Leticia Perez can be legally married.
“Sexual orientation should not serve as a pretext for excluding families from the legal protection that marriage represents”, the court said in a statement.
The vote was 4-1, with the sole opposition judge arguing that the decision should come from the the next legal tier up, the Supreme Court.
It is not legally binding on Brazilian states, but legal experts believe that it creates a precedent which some states may follow.
The Supreme Court approved civil unions in May. A change to a marriage status for couples would effect inheritance and partners being automatically included on health insurance and other contracts.
Reports said that the lesbian couple is thrilled with the decision, but they declined to talk to the press.
Two weeks ago, Poland elected its first gay member of parliament — and the world’s only current transgender MP.
Now it looks as if civil partnerships could be passed by the new parliament.
Biedron told Polish Radio on Monday that:
“Hundreds of thousands of couples are already living in informal partnerships, and they are waiting for state regulation regarding inheritance and joint taxation.”
The bill was blocked previously by the right-wing coalition government, but Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whose party once again emerged as the dominant force in Polish politics in the 9 October general election, promised that he was “ready to discuss civil partnerships” and that it would be “one of the first” items to be addressed if his party was reelected.
Biedon said that Poland’s Supreme Court may deem it unconstitutional, owing to a law protecting marriage as the legal union between men and women. But if a new form of legal partnership was created, this stumbling block would not affect same-sex couples.
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