Brazil Faces Demands for Rights by Gays and Naturists

Forget the headlines about the World Social Forum and Brazil’s effort to mediate in the diplomatic crisis between Colombia and Venezuela.  This week has been a good one for thousands of gay and naturist Brazilians, along with forró lovers around the country.  Plenty of announcements were made, but the jury remains open on their outcome.



 

On Thursday it was reported that one of Brazil’s prominent lawyers, João Gilberto Gonçalves Jr, has filed papers to enable civil authorities to carry out same sex marriages.  The process, he believes, will make it easier for same sex couples to receive the same rights as those in heterosexual relationships, including inheritance, insurance benefits and pensions.


Although the Catholic Church is against the proposal, Gonçalves argued that there do not appear to be any constitutional restrictions.  The move, if successful, would follow the step made in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul last year, where civil unions are not recognised.


The demand followed the good news for Brazil’s naturists earlier in the week.  On Monday it was reported in the Estadão that the Senate will debate a law to legalise naturism when it returns to work next month.  Its sponsor, congressman Fernando Gabreia, was first introduced back in 1996 and debated in the lower House four years ago.  If passed the law would enable naturism to be practiced on designated beaches, campsites, hotels and other specified places.


Meanwhile for those inclined toward the sounds of the Northeast, Luiza Erundina (PSB) has presented a request to make 13 December the National Day of Forró.  The date coincides with the birthday of Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, one of the most important musicians of the genre.


While these measures may well have an impact on thousands of ordinary Brazilians’ lives, many foreign observers may well be nonplussed.  For those who have visited the country (usually during Carnival) and experienced its hedonistic side, the surprise will be that they are only being pushed forward now.


So that may well hold back those planning a trip to marry their long term partner in Rio or Salvador, or to seek out the nudist beaches of Brazil ”“ at least for awhile.

Ads

You May Also Like

Military operation at favela Kelson's, in Rio de Janeiro. - Fernando Frazão/ABr

Brazil Breaks Own Record with 63,880 Murders in 2017 or 175 per Day

Brazil had a record number of murders last year, with homicides rising 3.7% from ...

Brazilian National Congress - Photo: Embratur

Latest Charge Against Brazil’s President: Bribing Legislators to Avoid Impeachment

Brazilian President Michel Temer is facing accusations that he bribed lawmakers to assure their ...

Supreme Court's building in Brasília

70% of Brazilian Authorities’ Cases in the Higher Court Have to Do with Corruption

Some 70% of cases involving authorities at the Brazilian Supreme Court and the Superior ...

Sergio Zveiter, rapporteur of the Temer case - Photo: ABr

In Another Blow for Brazil’s President, a Key Ally Says There’s Enough Evidence He’s Corrupt

Brazil’s attorney general has accused Temer of accepting bribes from a meatpacking executive in ...

Act in Brasília backing Car Wash Operation - Marcello Casal Jr/ABr

End of Car Wash Task Force in Brazil Seen as Politicians Trying to Prevent Corruption Investigation

Federal prosecutors in Brazil in charge of the corruption investigation Operation Car Wash, which ...

Candidates backed by Brazil's Bolsonaro sink in local elections

President Bolsonaro and the Workers Party the Big Losers in Brazil Elections

Shaken by the world’s second deadliest coronavirus outbreak and a deep economic crisis, Brazilians ...

Coronavac, the Brazilian-produced vaccine used in the study

Brazil’s Unprecedented Experiment Cuts 95% of Covid-related Deaths

Brazil’s prestigious Butantan Institute released the results of a study carried out between February ...