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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is it Going to Happen This Time?

It's now official. The Brazilian top court - Supremo Tribunal Federal - is to decide next February, in a plenary session, whether gay unions are legally binding. Gay people are ecstatic in that if this miracle should ever happen, their lives will become a lot easier.

Judges' lives as well.

Our magistrates find themselves having to resort to acrobatics to recognize same-sex unions and they have a particular hard time when it comes to the division of assets, inheritance, plus this, that and the other.

Same-sex relationships are a fact of life and there is no denying that gay folks need all the help they can get if push comes to shove and they find themselves in legal problems.

There are state courts all over the country, already on the forefront, which have given same-sex couples the support they need.

Writing for the STF, Justice Carlos Ayres Britto - in response to one such case brought to the court by the governor of Rio de Janeiro - has recently told the
O Globo newspaper that we are in for a nice surprise.

Ain't that something?


  1. Hope it does happen sooner rather than later...your country might be ahead of ours then by giving everyone equal rights.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed Mauro.


  2. Thank you, Raulito... Fingers crossed.

  3. That's awesome news. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it does happen for you. It's nice to see some logic, fairness, and civility leading in the news for a change. Of course, you have to go out of the US for that!
    Best wishes.