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Rio de Janeiro Legalize Gay Marriage

A court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ruled that same-sex couples in official civil unions have the right to marriage MixBrasil reported:

The Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro approved the marriage between same sex couples. The General Magistrate of Justice of Rio, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, published on Friday, April 19, the provision that regulates applications for gay marriage in the state.

The measure allows couples in civil unions to be legally considered as married, without having to apply to a court.

Rio de Janeiro is now the eleventh Brazilian state to approve gay marriages, following the states of Alagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paran?, Piau?, S?o Paulo, Bahia, Cear?, Esp?rito Santo, Sergipe and Federal District of Brazilia.

Countries such as Belgium, Portugal, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Argentina, Iceland, Uruguay and South Africa already allow gay marriage.