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Brazil High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Unions

Posted on May 6, 2011
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In a decision that will not please the Roman Catholic Church, Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same legal rights that married heterosexuals receive. —ARK


The ruling makes Brazil one of very few South American nations, after Argentina and Uruguay, to allow gay unions with benefits similar to those afforded a heterosexual married couple.

... From now on same sex couples will be able to register their civil partnerships with solicitors and public bodies, giving them proper inheritance and pension rights.

However, the landmark ruling stops short of recognising gay marriage, which could involve public or religious ceremonies.

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By TDoff, May 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

The Catholic church is worried that, in view of the world-wide progress of women and the gay community, someday the Popedom may be held by a married lesbian bi-sexual/transsexual couple, as ‘The Joint Popettes’.

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