Rio de Janeiro became the 11th state in Brazil to endorse marriage equality, after a judge published a ruling authoizing it. Gay Star News reports:
The General Magistrate of Justice of Rio de Janeiro state, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, published a legal ruling authorizing gay marriage in the state. Rio de Janeiro has become today (April 19) the 11th state of Brazil to institute marriage equality. The other states being: São Paulo, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Alagoas, Sergipe, Piauí, Ceará and the Federal District of Brazilia. The ruling, published in the state’s official notification a few hours ago today, stated that it found the existing legal provisions [i.e. no marriage equality] unconstitutional and in breach of the Federal Supreme Court’s previous ruling on gay marriage.
With Rio on board, 56% of Brazilians now live in a state that recognizes marriage equality.