Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

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12/15/2018

About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage. Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro’s record of homophobic comments has caused alarm. In an interview with Playboy magazine in December 2011, he said that he “would be incapable of loving a homosexual son.” In May 2002, he also threatened gay people, saying that if he saw “two men kissing each other on the street” he would “beat them up.” On Saturday, dozens of people exchanged vows during a collective ceremony held at Casa1, an NGO that provides support to disadvantaged LGBT youth.

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