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Brazil Offensive Music Banned At Publicly Funded Events In Bahia State

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Vendors wait for customers at the entrance of a store at the Pelourinho neighborhood in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Vendors wait for customers at the entrance of a store at the Pelourinho neighborhood in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

BRASILIA, Brazil -- A Brazilian state has approved a law banning the use of public funds to pay for events where songs that offend women and gays are played.

The state legislature of the northeastern state of Bahia approved the law Tuesday night. Governor Jacques Wagner must now sanction it.

The law says no state government agency can finance events in which songs that denigrate women and gays are played. Songs with lyrics that encourage acts of violence against women and gays and the use of drugs are also included in the ban.

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