Brazilian Gay Couples get Married as Homophobic President Takes Office

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Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, was sworn in on January 1. He once said he’d rather have a dead son than a gay one, and he is “homophobic, with pride.”

Gay couples are afraid Bolsonaro will revoke their right to marriage, which they’ve had since 2013, according to the New York Times. Now they are rushing to get married before he takes action. Carolina Zannata and her girlfriend are one such couple, they were married in December.

 “We got scared. We need to take advantage of our hard-won rights because we might not have them afterward,” Zannata said, as the New York Times reported.

While one of Bolsonaro’s campaign promises was to reverse the law, legal experts are saying the Supreme Court will oppose his legislation.

“There could be attempts to make same-sex marriage illegal, but the Constitution will prevail,” Jose Fernando Simao, professor of civil rights and family law at the University of Sao Paulo said. 


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