Opinion: Brazil’s Supreme Court Enters the Political Thicket

There have been anxious voices raised in Brazil’s Congress by members of Brazil’s religious right (the “Bible bloc”) in opposition to both these lawsuits.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today, February 21st, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) will continue discussing and (possibly) voting on an extremely political question: Should “homophobia” and “transphobia” become crimes deemed equivalent to racism under Brazil’s Penal Code?

A week ago, Justice Celso de Mello, began reading his seventy-page opinion and finally cast his vote yesterday.

Political activists have filed two special type of lawsuit to raise this question. One lawsuit is styled “Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade por Omissão” (“ADO”) and seeks a decision by the STF that the federal Congress . . .

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