In what is unquestionably a victory (if far from a final victory) for equality in Brazil, a judge in Minas Gerais has authorized and streamlined civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Now, couples can marry without needing individual permission from the judiciary. That this has happened in a traditionally conservative and Catholic state like Minas Gerais is all the more impressive. Hopefully, this is just a first step towards what will be greater equality for the LGBT community in Brazil.
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