Brazil Moves One Step Closer To Civil Unions

Yesterday, Brazil’s human rights committee finally passed a 16-year-old bill to classify a “union” as a longstanding partnership between two people regardless of gender. As the bill’s sponsor, Senator Marta Suplicy, pointed out, “All we have done is added something to civil law that the Supreme Court has already done.” Brazil’s Supreme Court has been approving civil unions for same-sex couples since last May and even allowing them to be converted to marriages.