Brazil To Become 15th Country To Offer Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide
History has been made in Brazil today, as the National Council of Justice has voted 14-1 to support a resolution stipulating that same-sex couples should be able to receive marriage licenses throughout the entire country. In 2011, the Brazilian Supreme Court had ruled that it was unconstitutional to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but up to this point, local jurisdictions could decide whether to offer the freedom to marry — 12 states and the federal district had already started doing so.
The council’s decision, which will be published sometime in the coming days, advises that no notary can refuse to perform a same-sex marriage. The ruling could, however, be appealed to the Supreme Court. Previous guidance had suggested that Congress needed to pass a marriage equality law, which it is considering, but Minister Joaquim Barbosa suggested this was “nonsense.”
Pending the implementation of this ruling, Brazil will become the 15th country to offer nationwide marriage equality, joining Uruguay and France, who passed laws just last month.
If it is not appealed or stopped by the Supreme Court, immediately.
Circa 2120 The USA and Saudi Arabia will join as the 154th and 155th countries.
[quote]Circa 2120 The USA and Saudi Arabia will join as the 154th and 155th countries.
Replace "The USA" with "The UK" and it'll make sense.
At least we have parts of the country that have gay marriage. They don't.
Just don't get into a fender bender on the way to your wedding in their shitty cars. You will die.
Will the CNJ decision be appealed?
The USA is becoming a nation of Religious Troglodytes.
r9, where have you been the last 235 years?
We'll have it before the rest of the US...
Not that I'm bothered - I mean, who the fuck wants the straights to (grudgingly) give us the right to "get married"?
It should be done the French way - legally binding civil unions AND THEN, if you want it, the Big Fat Gay Wedding, IF you are desperate enough...
R11 Fuck off you idiot.
Iran will have equal marriage before Texas or Tennessee.