Majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court Votes to Make Homophobia Illegal

Brazil's highest court has moved one step closer to enacting laws that would make discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity a federal crime.

Column By C.H. Gardiner

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Following a suspension of three months, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) reconvened Thursday to vote on extending special protections to members of Brazil's LGBT community.

After yesterday's session, six of the eleven ministers that make up the STF have voted in favor of the change in the law. The remaining five will vote on June 5th, but a majority in favor has now been attained.

Although measures targeting LGBT discrimination are in place in several states in Brazil, the decision by the STF would be the first time federal . . .

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