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Brazil: Judge rules same-sex couples in Rio de Janeiro state can marry

Friday, April 19, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — A judge in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Friday published a legal ruling authorizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, General Magistrate of Justice of Rio de Janeiro, ruled that existing legal provisions prohibiting same-sex unions were unconstitutional and in breach of the Federal Supreme Court’s previous ruling on gay marriage, reported MixBrasil.

Rio de Janeiro will become the eleventh Brazilian state to allow marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, following the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Piauí, São Paulo, and Sergipe. The Federal District allows same-sex marriage as well.

Brazil has rapidly advanced its gay marriage and civil unions laws in the past two years — in 2011, Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court approved same-sex couples to receive the same rights as married couples through civil unions.

Similar to as in the U.S., the decision to allow marriage between same-sex couples must be determined by each of Brazil’s 26 states.

According to the ruling, 15 days after a same-sex couple enters into a civil union in Rio de Janeiro, they will be considered legally married without having to apply to a court.

In São Paulo, the country’s most populous state with 41 million people, a state judge issued a similar ruling in December.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Brazil – putting a little more glitz and glitter on Carnival!!!! Thank you, Rio!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:15pm
  2. I wish my friend Igor was alive to see this. If there was one thing he had more passion for than his belief in LGBT rights, it was his love for his homeland in Brazil.

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:19pm
  3. good for Brazil

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:33pm
  4. Wow, Awesome! So Happy for Brazil, go Brazilians!

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:35pm
  5. Awesome! :)

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:03pm
  6. So, I could marry the Girl from Ipanema? Sweet!

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:51pm
  7. America needs to catch up.

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5:21pm
  8. !!

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:47pm
  9. :)

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:50pm
  10. more and more are using their intelligence

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:53pm
  11. pretty soon legal everywhere…….

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:46pm
  12. GREAT NEWS.

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:51pm
  13. That is the best news I have heard all day! :-)

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 6:56pm
  14. Fantastic!

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:29pm
  15. that’s not entirely true. The civil unions are allowed but they still have to be converted to wedding, the process has become easier but it still depends on the decision of the judge(s). However marriage has been aproved in other places in Brazil like Sao Paulo.

    Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:50pm