Rio State Court Approves Gay Marriage

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The State of Rio High Court last week approved so-called "direct authorization" of same-sex civil marriages, making Rio one of eleven states which have approved gay marriage in Brazil, including São Paulo and the Federal District. However, there is uncertainty over whether judges in certain areas of Rio state, particularly in the capital itself, will give permission to such marriages.

Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, Magistrate General of Rio State High Court, who presided over the change, told Agência Brasil that the revision was now in . . .

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