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brazil_flagA judge in Sao Paulo yesterday approved what is said to have been the country’s first ever gay marriage ceremony.

Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto gave two men the right to convert their civil union into a marriage.

Civil unions were legalised in Brazil in May this year.

Jose Luiz Bednarski, a lawyer for the Sao Paulo state attorney general, wrote in a statement to Pinto: “The federal constitution establishes as a fundamental objective of the Federal Republic of Brazil to promote the good of everyone without bias of gender or any other form of discrimination.”

“This certainly includes the choice or sexual orientation of a person.”

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