Brazilian Court Ruling Facilitates Gay Marriage in Sao Paulo

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The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo made history earlier this week after a court ruling has made it easier for gay couples to get married in the city.

Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled that gay couples no longer have to be in civil unions, then apply for marriage recognition at a state court to enjoy full marriage rights. From now on, same-sex couples’ unions will directly be considered marriages, the Gay Star News reports.

The judge said the decision is “intended to enable the recognition and registration of the unions of persons of the same sex without legal provocation.”

According to Pink News, it was Judge Pinto who last year ruled that gay couples could convert their civil unions into full marriages.

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