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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On Gay Unions in Brazil - Is it Going to Happen This Time?

It's now official!

The Brazilian top court - Supremo Tribunal Federal -  is to decide on May 4th, 2011, in a plenary session, whether gay unions are legally binding. Two cases have made it onto the list of trials for the day.


The LGBT community is 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.

You will get a cookie if you guess who is trying to throw a monkey wrench (some of you say spanner...) in the works...

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  1. South America will follow Brazil... It would be wonderful to see this happen there.

  2. I hope it does happen. Its 2011.

  3. It wouldn't surprise me if Brazil got to same sex unions before the United States. One of the most machismo oriented countries in Latin America already has same sex marriage: Argentina and that would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

    I hope so, I have a lot of faith in Brazilian culture and its society.


  4. @Raulito, yes,Argentina was mentioned in an argument, in the Senate, by a gay marriage proponent, saying that while in Argentina they have gay marriages, in São Paulo the LGBT community suffers hate crimes. @Corve "Analysts" are pretty sure it will happen very soon, a month maybe. @Bos, trends point that way.

  5. Good luck, Mauro. I hope it will happen! :)