Brazilian Gay Unions Must Be Registered As Marriages, Court Rules

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May 14, 2013
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Brazilian notary publics must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it, the country's National Council of Justice said Tuesday. The council that oversees the country's judiciary said in a statement that notary publics cannot refuse to marry gay couples or convert a same-sex civil union into a marriage if that's what the pair wants. The council based its decision on a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that recognized same-sex civil unions.