BRASALIA, Brazil – The National Council of Justice (CNJ) voted 14-1 today to approve a resolution urging registrars across Brazil to register civil marriage of same-sex couples, according to Globo.com.
The CNJ president and Federal Supreme Court minister Joaquim Barbosa wrote the resolution, which reinforces the May 2011 high court ruling that recognized that same-sex couples had equal rights to civil unions as opposite-sex couples do.
Slowly but surely, Brazil’s states have begun the long process for provide marriage equality. Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Federal District, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Paraná, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Sergipe. Elsewhere in Brazil, same-sex couples can enter into a "stable union" then go before a judge and convert the union into a full marriage.
The resolution also urges Brazilian couples who are denied civil marriage to notify the supervisory judge in their community.
According to The New York Times, the resolution, coming from a powerful legal authority, "effectively legalizes gay marriage" throughout Brazil.