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Senate Committee Approves Bill that Criminalizes Homophobia

By Arkady Petrov

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday May 22nd, the Senate Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) approved a bill establishing penalties for discrimination or prejudice based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The proposal criminalizing homophobia promotes changes in legislation dealing crimes resulting from prejudice on race, color, ethnicity, religion, or origin.

The project is authored by Senator Weverton Rocha (PDT-MA), although it was approved as a new bill proposed by rapporteur Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE). The text will have to be submitted to a new vote in the CCJ, where further changes may be introduced . . .

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