Two more Brazil states pass gay marriage

Published: May 1, 2013

Santa Catarina and Paraíba have become the 13th and 14th states to approve the right to marry to same-sex couples.

As Freedom to Marry notes, this means nearly three in five Brazilians have the right to marry their loved one.

After the Justice General in Santa Catarina ruled gay marriage was legal, Judge Davidson Jahn Mello said: ‘As of now, the service notary and registrars will be authorized to grant marriages regardless of the gender of the couple.’

Earlier this month, Rio De Janeiro and Rondônia also legalized same-sex marriage.

Since May 2011, the Supreme Federal Court in Brazil has allowed same-sex couples access to a ‘stable union’. It is similar to marriage but without many of the same legal rights.

A month later, gay couples were allowed to petition state judges to convert their union into a marriage.

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