Mario Domingos Grego, 46, and Gledson Perrone Cordeiro, 32, became the first homosexual couple, not already in a civil union, to be married in Brazil's largest city
SÃ£oPaulo celebrated yesterday its first gay marriage without judicial intervention.
Mario Domingos Grego and Gledson Perrone Cordeiro exchanged vows in one of the SÃ£oPaulo’s notary offices, wearing t-shirts imprinted with their photographs and a message calling for marriage equality.
This marks the first time a same-sex couple registered as married in the city without having to be registered first as a civil union.
On 5 May 2011, Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court granted same-sex couples in stable partnerships the same rights as straight couples, and on 27 June 2011, a judge in SÃ£oPaulo converted for the first time a same-sex civil union into a same-sex marriage.
From that point, a resolution was passed to permit other same-sex civil unions be transferred to marriage status.
‘It was exciting,’ said Grego at his marriage ceremony.
‘We finally conquered a right that we were trying to achieve years ago’.