PHOTOS: World’s Largest Gay Mass Wedding(130 Couples) Holds In Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 08: Joyce and Gabrieli (R) hold hands at what was billed as the world’s largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 08: A couple (R) jokes around before getting married at what was billed as the world’s largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 08: Newly married couples line up to be photographed on stage at what was billed as the world’s largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 08: Newly married couple Emmanuela and Romilda (LOWER R) kiss at what was billed as the world’s largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 08: Couple Emmanuela and Romilda (R) pose before marrying at what was billed as the world’s largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A total of 130 couples said “I do” in a mass wedding at Rio de Janeiro’s Superior Court of Justice, marking the city’s first gay civil marriages.

In mid-May, Brazilian courts determined that public offices that oversee marriages cannot reject gay couples, even though Brazil’s national congress has passed no law on the matter.

Some public offices had already been accepting marriage applications from homosexual couples, while others denied them.

An emotional Viviane Soares Lessa de Faria, 38, smiled at her partner and told news site G1 “I’ve dreamed of marrying her since I met her.”

Her wife’s 29-year-old son was the couple’s best man.

For Giuseppe Laricchia, 21, marrying his boyfriend was about guaranteeing rights.

“We need to have equality compared with heterosexual couples,” he said.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsolahttps://naija247news.com
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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