Thursday, June 30, 2011

Brazilian judge approves first same-sex ‘marriage’

Brazilian judge approves first same-sex ‘marriage’

SÃO PAULO, June 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A Brazilian judge approved the conversion of a same-sex couple’s civil union into a legally recognized “marriage” on June 27th, making it the country’s first homosexual “marriage.”
Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto said he based his ruling on a Supreme Court decision in May that approved civil unions, as well as on Brazil’s Constitution - which outlines how a civil union can be upgraded to a marriage - and a UN resolution against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The homosexual couple, identified on Globo television network as Sergio Kauffman Sousa and Luiz Andre Moresi, registered their civil union on May 17, and requested the conversion at a state court in the city of Jacarei, 85 km. northeast of Sao Paulo.
It is not clear what wider implications Judge Pinto’s decision will have. Although Judge Pinto’s ruling can be overturned by a higher court, the homosexual couple told Globo TV that they would go to the Supreme Court if necessary.
via, Julio Severo in English:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian judge declares Supreme Tribunal decision favoring civil unions ‘unconsitutional’

Brazilian judge declares Supreme Tribunal decision favoring civil unions ‘unconsitutional’

GOIÁS, Brazil, June 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A Brazilian judge has nullified the civil union of two homosexuals in the state of Goias, and has declared that a recent decision by the nation’s Supreme Federal Tribunal legalizing the practice is “unconstitutional.”
Jeronymo Pedro Villas Boas, a municipal judge, says the nation’s highest court “went beyond the limits” of its authority when it recently decreed that homosexuals have a right to civil unions, directly contradicting the Brazilian Constitution.  He called the decision “illegitimate and unconstitutional” and ordered the couple’s union struck from the registry.
Boas’ decision has enraged homosexualist activists and at least one Tribunal judge, Luis Fux, who called it “an attack on the decision of the Supreme Tribunal, which can be appealed,” and warned that complaints in such matters “are taken to disciplinary organs so that the autonomy [of a judge] does not harm the people.”
However, Boas says that he does not seek to attack the Supreme Tribunal, but “only to follow the Constitution.” He notes that homosexual unions “do not exist in the constitutional system of Brazil.”
The decision of the Supreme Federal Tribunal to decide in favor of permitting homosexual civil unions, which was issued in early May, contradicts the explicit wording of the nation’s constitution, which limits such unions to heterosexual couples.
Article 226 of the Constitution states that “for effects of state protection, a stable union is recognized between a man and a woman as a family entity, requiring the law to to facilitate its implementation.”
Previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
Brazil supreme court defies Constitution, grants homosexual civil unions
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/brazil-supreme-court-defies-constitution-grants-homosexual-civil-union/
Julio Severo in English: