Brazil attorney-general asks supreme court to recognize same sex unions
Luana Lorenzo – Reporter Agency Brazil
Brazil – Attorney-General Deborah Duprat asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Thursday to declare unions between persons of the same sex as legal and give them the same rights as partners in opposite sex unions.
Duprat argued that denying the legality of same sex union is a breach of constitutional rights.
Heterosexual couples are given consent for marriage and stable unions under the protection of the state “However, for gays the same possibility is denied, without any acceptable reasons.”
The Attorney General argues that denying legal status to the union of persons of the same sex goes against the provision of a section of Brazilian constitution which guarantees “human dignity” and persons in same sex unions should be legally treated as family.
Absence of legislation has denied the recognition of their unions and therefore they are unable to access the “myriad of rights that flow from such recognition. “
According to attorney-general the constitutional recognition of a stable union between a man and a woman does not preclude the recognition of a stable union between two men or two women.