Same-sex marriage allowed in Sao Paulo, BrazilTop Highlights, Breaking News Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Monday, a Brazilian state judge approved what the court described as the nation’s first gay marriage.
Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled two men could convert their civil union into a full marriage.
According to Brazilian Law Blog:
Brazil is about to see something that we only heard about from the United States: a massive movement of people going to one specific State, in order to get married there.
This is because São Paulo State (where São Paulo city is located) has updated its registration rules in order to allow the automatic registration of same sex marriages, without the need of a previous court order.
This change has followed, with some delay, a decision from the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage.
Therefore, foreigners who wish to marry same sex partners in Brazil will now be allowed a marriage visa, which is much easier to obtain than the civil union visa for same sex unions, which already existed.
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