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Brazilian judge approves first gay marriage in the country

Friday, July 1st 2011 - 02:03 UTC
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Sao Paulo State Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto Sao Paulo State Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto

A Brazilian judge approved what is considered to be the country’s first gay marriage. Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled on Wednesday two men could convert their civil union into a full marriage.

Brazil's Supreme Court cleared the way in May for the recognition of same-sex civil unions, but stopped short of approving gay marriages.

A court statement said Pinto made the decision based on the top court's ruling on civil unions and on Brazil's constitution, which outlines how a civil union can be converted into a legal marriage.

Benjamin Polastri, a spokesman with the Sao Paulo state Attorney General's Office, said it was not immediately clear if the ruling set a strong national precedent. Polastri also said the just-approved gay marriage was the first for South America's biggest nation.

Jose Luiz Bednarski, a lawyer for the Sao Paulo state attorney general, said in an opinion presented to Pinto that the marriage was legal.

“The federal constitution establishes as a fundamental objective of the Federal Republic of Brazil to promote the good of everyone without bias of gender or any other form of discrimination,” Bednarski wrote.

“This certainly includes the choice or sexual orientation of a person.”

In Latin America, gay marriage is legal only in Argentina and Mexico City.


Categories: Politics, Brazil.
Tags: Brazil, gays.

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