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Brazil: First Gay Marriage Authorized by Judiciary

(July 11, 2011) On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary of the State of São Paulo to convert their stable union into a marriage. Subsequently, a magistrate of the Federal District also authorized the conversion of another stable same-sex union into a marriage.

Both decisions were based on a Supreme Court decision of May 2011 that recognized a stable union between persons of the same sex as a legal relationship but did not foresee the right of homosexuals to establish a civil marriage. (Primeiro Casamento Civil Homossexual é Realizado no Interior Paulista, O GLOBO (June 28, 2011).)