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Brazilian Judicial Panel Opens Way To Same-sex Marriage

The newspaper O Globo reported May 14 that members of the National Council of Justice that oversees Brazil's judicial system ruled 14-1 in support of nuptials for gays and lesbians. Agence France-Presse said the body "affirmed that the expression of homosexuality and homosexual affection cannot serve as a basis for discriminatory treatment, which has no support in the Constitution." The news agency said Joaquim Barbosa, the chief justice of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court who heads the National Council of Justice, referred to a 2011 ruling that said gays and lesbians can enter into civil unions.

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