Brazil judicial decision paves way for gay marriage
The council that oversees the country's judiciary said it was wrong for some offices just to issue civil union documents when the couple wanted full marriage certificates.
Correspondents say the decision in effect authorities gay marriage.
However full legalization depends on approval of a bill being examined by the Congress.
Tuesday's resolution by Brazil's National Council of Justice was based on a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that recognized same-sex civil unions.
However, notaries public were not legally bound to converting such union into marriage when asked by gay couples.
This led to some being denied marriage certificates at certain places, but being granted the document at others. That would be illegal, according to the new resolution.
The ruling brings Brazil one step closer to its neighbours Argentina and Uruguay, which have leg