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Brazil judge approves gay marriage

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  1. Amazing! Does anyone have some analysis of what this could mean? Presumably it is too much to hope that this will just be a precedent which will effectively legalise same sex marriage across Brazil. What sort of legal challenge could follow?

  2. Great to hear of a sensible judge.

    I hope this would lead to Brazil having to respond and legislate for equal marriage.

    I suspect there may be another battle with the RC archbishop challenging the legality of same sex partners marrying.

    Interestingly, constitutionally Brazil is focused on real equality. I would hope that this judgement would be respected by the higher court – I guess it may be possible to appeal on a technicality or appeal that the judgement was wrong.

  3. Brazil should look to its neighbor, Argentina as a shining example and north to Mexico City, two heavily catholic strongholds. It’s truly amazing how both achieved marriage equality. Meanwhile, we in the UK languish and foot-drag on the issue. I bet if we make it legal, France and Germany will follow suit, once Sarkozy and Merkel are ousted. Imagine the domino effect that will have in the EU and elsewhere.

    1. Argentina, Mexico and to lesser extents Chile and other Latin American states are making great advances. Brazil has had its good moments (including this judicial decision) but needs to ensure it is consistent and follows through on this.
      I agree if we take a lead then France and Germany may well follow along with a number of smaller EU states (or aspiring EU states).

  4. It’s wonderful what this judge has done, but on the other hand, the President acts like a birdbrain.Brazil can be very open mind,but can be very homophobic and racist as well.One of the responsible for this is the Church and the lack of education and information.The President herself should be ashamed to destroy educational materials and indulge the homophobia!!!

  5. Thank God, Gay Christians have been praying for this to happen. Gays are all God’s children and he loves them and want them to love one another.

    1. Shame it’s taken nearly two millennia for the prayers to be answered though, isn’t it?

      1. de Villiers 28 Jun 2011, 7:39pm

        Priceless comment!

  6. Once again with the “gay marriage” misreporting. We don’t want special rights, we want equality. “Equal marriage” is what this move in Brazil brings closer.

  7. Jock S. Trap 30 Jun 2011, 9:47am

    Excellent news!!

  8. Gay Daily Mail Reader 30 Jun 2011, 6:37pm

    With Brazil joining Argentina in legalising gay marriage, I hope it influences Guyana and Belize, the only English speaking enclaves in mainland America south of the USA and the only countries still criminalizing homosexuality there to wake up and join this peaceful revolution.

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