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Rio de Janeiro celebrates gay pride, calls for end to homophobia

Sunday, November 16, 2014
A man participates in the 19th Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.16, 2014. Thousands took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all the gay community.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gay rights activists are using Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade to demand laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thousands of people paraded down Copacabana's main coastal boulevard with rainbow flags and thematic floats, many dressed in carnival costumes or wearing t-shirts saying "Fight Against Homophobia."

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Brazil presidential candidate: Gays should seek psychological help far away

Monday, September 29, 2014
Levy Fidelix
SAO PAULO -- A minor character in Brazil's presidential race is on the spot after saying the country needs to stand up against gay people who should seek psychological help far away from the population. Candidate Levy Fidelix has the support of less than 1 percent of potential voters, but his remarks drew the ire of tens of thousands ...

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Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Veronica Botero and Ana Elisa Leiderman with their children Raquel and Ari.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights ...

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Catholic Church, conservative politicians attack Peru’s same-sex civil union bill

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Juan Luis Cipriani
LIMA, Peru -- The Catholic Church and leading conservative politicians have lunched an attack on a Peru lawmaker and his draft bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, calling it an attempt to “justify his [sexual] orientation.”

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Peru lawmaker proposes bill to legalize same-sex civil unions

Friday, September 13, 2013
Parliament building in Lima, Peru.
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

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Guyana judge clarifies colonial-era law against cross-dressing

Sunday, September 8, 2013
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A judge interpreting a colonial-era law has ruled that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only if it's done for an "improper purpose" such as prostitution, but the partial victory has frustrated gay rights activists in Guyana who are pushing for the 120-year-old statute to be removed from the books.

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Couple of 14 years first to register under Uruguay’s new gay marriage law

Monday, August 5, 2013
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Two gay men who have been together 14 years become the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay on Monday, just hours after the country's marriage equality law came into effect.

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First same-sex civil union legalized in Colombia

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Fernando Vergara, APNewlyweds Carlos Hernando, left, and Gonzalo Ruiz leave a local court in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The couple was joined in a civil union Wednesday by a judge in Colombia. Photo:
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Colombian judge has for the first time legalized the civil union of a same-sex couple.

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Uruguay’s president signs marriage equality bill into law

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay's President Jose Mujica’s has signed the country's marriage equality bill into law, making the South American country the 12th nation in the world and third in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Three more Brazilian states rule in favor of allowing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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Justices in the Brazilian states of Rondônia, Paraíba and Santa Catarina have ruled to authorize marriage equality for same-sex couples, bringing the total to 14 of the country's 27 states to legalize same-sex marriage.

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