Brazil: Another State Legalizes Marriage Equality

Written by scott on April 5th, 2013

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Apparently Parana is the tenth state (of twenty-seven) to legalize gay marriage in Brazil. On Top Magazine reports:

On Wednesday, Parana (South) became the tenth Brazilian state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry without the permission of a judge, the AFP reported. While no federal law allows gay couples to marry in Brazil, the nation’s Supreme Court in 2011 ruled that the government must recognize the unions of gay couples.

So the situation in Brazil is sort of a mirror of the USA, with marriage equality proceeding state by state. The difference, however, is that there’s no DOMA, and so these states’ couples are recognized at the federal level, too.

Congratulations, Parana!

 

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Gael Vasconcellos says:

    Good news as an update: during april 2013, five (!) more brazilian states legalized marriage equality. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 15 states, which is more then half of Brazil. Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition_of_same-sex_unions_in_Brazil#cite_note-48

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