Brazil’s National Council of Justice just ruled that public notaries across the country cannot turn away gays and lesbians seeking marriage licenses

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - On Tuesday, Brazil’s National Council of Justice with a vote of 14 -1 approved a resolution that prohibits public notaries across the country to deny same-sex couples access to marriage.

While rulings by the National Council of Justice can be appealed to the Supreme Court, an appeal in this case appears unlikely. Brazil’s Deputy General Prosecutor Francisco Sanseverino said the Brazilian Federal Public Ministry (MPF) would not appeal the decision.

“At All Out, we are building a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love,” Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out said today. ”Brazil’s National Council of Justice’s ruling brings our vision one step closer to reality. We celebrate this incredible moment with thousands of All Out members across Brazil and Latin America.”

“I am so proud of my country,” Leandro Ramos, All Out’s Campaign Manager for Brazil said. “Even though our marriage equality bill is still looming in Congress, this is a historic moment we should all celebrate. In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life, but in Brazil we can serve as an example to the rest of the world. No matter who you are, you should have the freedom to marry the person you love.”

Source: Press release by All Out