By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world took place in Rio de Janeiro's Armazém Utopia, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 23rd, according to the Rio de Janeiro State Department of Social Welfare and Human Rights. During the ceremony, the marriages of 160 homosexual and transgender couples were simultaneously officiated.

"It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community," Cláudio . . .

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