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Post by Ateo on Sun May 08, 2011 10:56 pm



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/06/brazil-same-sex-civil-union_n_858515.html


The world's largest Catholic country has legalized same-sex union. Additional trivia: Brazil is also home to ADD head Brother Ely Soriano. Brazil and the Philippines do not require visas of each other's citizens, thus you see a lot of Brazilians in showbiz.

This decision is, of course, opposed by the Catholic Church, hehehehe. But in a decision by the Supreme Court, the vote was 11 in favor and only one justice abstaining. No vote opposed the ruling. This highlights my theory that world governments are purely secular/atheistic in their social views. They only appear religious to seek the votes of the religious masses.



Here's the news item:

SAO PAULO -- Brazil's high court ruled that same-sex civil unions must be recognized, a decision welcomed as a watershed by gay activists who also hope it will cool rising violence against homosexuals in Latin America's most populous nation.

The ruling, however, stopped short of legalizing gay marriage in Brazil, which has more Roman Catholics than any other country. The Catholic Church fought the measure.
In a vote late Thursday, all but one of the 11 Supreme Court justices backed civil union rights for same-sex couple. One justice abstained.

The court ruled that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as heterosexual pairs when it comes to alimony, retirement benefits of a partner who dies and inheritances, among other issues.

In Latin America, gay marriage is legal only in Argentina and Mexico City.
Same-sex civil unions granting some rights to homosexual couples are legal in Uruguay and in some states of Mexico outside the capital. Colombia's Constitutional Court has granted same-sex couples inheritance rights and allowed them to add their partners to health insurance plans.

Brazil's ruling sets a judicial precedent that must be honored by all public institutions, including notary publics where civil unions must be registered.

"This is a historic moment for all Brazilians, not just homosexuals. This judgment will change everything for us in society – and for the better," said Marcelo Cerqueira with the gay rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia. "Gays, lesbians and transsexuals will be recognized as being more human. We'll be more accepted by having our rights honored."

Grupo Gay da Bahia said in a recent report that 260 gays were murdered in 2010 in Brazil, up 113 percent from five years ago, including recent high-profile cases that made headlines.

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Post by rushmore on Fri May 13, 2011 12:50 pm

Nice! Magkano kaya papunta doon hehe..
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