Brazil’s Supreme Court Rules That Homosexuals Can Donate Blood

A majority of the Justices affirmed that the restriction on donating blood was an unconstitutional example of discrimination against homosexuals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Friday, May 1st, by six votes to one, the eleven-member Federal Supreme Court (STF) reached a simple majority to overturn the decision that had consideried homosexual men unfit to donate blood for a period of 12 months since their last sexual intercourse.

According to attorney Paulo Iotti, responsible for the class action brought by the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), it is a "historic victory day".

"It stood at four to one to overturn this prejudice. And on Friday, Justice Gilmar Mendes joined the provisional majority and the six to one vote was achieved. Other . . .

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