Mario Domingos Grego and Gledson
Perrone Cordeiro married Saturday in San Paulo, becoming the first
gay couple to marry in the city without judicial intervention.
According to the Spanish news agency
EFE, the wedding was held at the office of one of the city's
Grego, 46, and Cordeiro, 32, exchanged
vows and received a certificate of marriage.
Brazil, Latin America's most populous
nation, currently recognizes gay and lesbian couples with stable
unions. Last year, two men were allowed by a state court judge to
legally change their stable union into a full marriage. The decision
prompted several gay couples to petition the court system to convert
their unions into marriage, with mixed rulings.
The couple wore shirts emblazoned with
a photo of themselves calling for equal marriage rights for gay and
“It was emotional, a conquest of a
right we've been attempting for years,” said
Gay couples can legally marry in
Argentina and the city-state of Mexico City.