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Brazil: Court rules that gay couples can marry in Rio de Janeiro state

An order to allow the civil unions of same-sex couples within the state to be considered as marriages was made by the Magistrate General of Justice of Rio, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva and published in the Official Gazette of the State today reports Jornal do Brasil. In 2011, the federal Supreme Court ruled that all gay couples in Brazil should have the right to enter into civil unions but stopped short of a same-sex marriages. The ruling gave “stable” couples the right to benefits enjoyed by straight married people, relating to benefits, inheritance and tax. The decision to allow gay couples to marry is one taken by each of the 26 of the states that make up the country. In some states, same-sex couples have to apply to a court to have their civil unions converted to a marriage. Today’s decision means that 15 days after the publication of a union of a gay couple in Rio de Janeiro, they will be legally considered as married, without having to apply to a court.


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