In a 10-0 vote with one abstention, Brazil's Supreme Court approved civil unions between same-sex couples. While the May 5 ruling did not legalize same-sex marriage, it awarded civil unions all the rights and responsibilities previously given only to married couples.
'This is a historic moment for all Brazilians, not just homosexuals,' said Marcelo Cerqueira of the Gay rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia. 'This judgment will change everything for us in society - and for the better. Gays, Lesbians, and Transsexuals will be recognized as being more human.'
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