Thursday, May 05, 2011

Brazilian Supreme Court approves civil unions

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“Just civilly united”

¡Viva Brazilia!*:

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday night that civil unions between same-sex couples must be allowed in this nation with more Roman Catholics than any other.

In a 10-0 vote, with one abstention, the justices said gay couples deserve the same legal rights as heterosexual pairs when it comes to alimony, retirement benefits of a partner who dies, and inheritances, among other issues.

It’s not quite same-sex marriage, but as always, a little progress is better than none at all. Equality is always attained through increments.

(via @BreakingNews)

* Yeah, I know, wrong language, wrong words … buzzkill.