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Brazilian Court Council Removes a Barrier to Same-Sex Marriage
The National Council of Justice, which oversees Brazil’s judiciary, ruled on Tuesday that notary publics cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. This decision paves the way for lesbian and gay couples in Latin America’s largest country to legally marry. Our Regional Director, Carmen Barroso, said this of the decision:
"As a Brazilian, I am proud the National Council of Justice ruled this week to effectively legalize same-sex marriage by voting 14 to 1 in favor of the measure. The decision reflects a growing acceptance in Brazilian society of non-discrimination regarding sexual orientation and sexual rights, even though legislators who oppose same-sex marriage have recently grown more vocal in Congress."
"As Regional Director of IPPF/WHR, I'm very glad the principles we embrace in our Sexual Rights Declaration continue to advance in our region at a fast pace. These principles bring long overdue justice and equality to a minority group that is still the object of abject discrimination and violation of their human rights. We support the sexual rights of every individual, including gays and lesbians."