Brazil's Top Appeals Court Upholds Gay Marriage

10/26/2011 09:29 am ET | Updated 5 days ago

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil's top appeals court has ruled that two women can legally be married.

It's the highest court in Brazil to uphold a gay marriage.

In June, a state court judge ruled that two men could legally change their civil union into a full marriage.

It was in May that Brazil's Supreme Court ruled that gay civil unions could be recognized. But the top court stopped short of recognizing full marriages.

Since then, several couples have petitioned to have their civil unions recognized as full marriages. Some of those have been approved at lower courts, others blocked.

Tuesday's ruling by the Supreme Appeals Court overturned two lower court's ruling against the women.

In Latin America, gay marriage is legal in Argentina and Mexico City.

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