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Brazilian Supreme Court Approves Civil Unions

Another Roman Catholic country just took a major step towards equality.

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.

Among other majority-Roman Catholic polities, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Ireland and Uruguay already recognize gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships as civil unions, whereas Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Mexico City have full marriage equality.

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