Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pension rights granted to gay couples in Brazil


According to the Associated Press, run in dozens of news outlets today:
The Brazilian government says gay couples in a stable relationship are entitled to the same social security pension benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

The Social Security Ministry says in a Friday statement that the gay spouse of a retiree who dies will now be able to receive the pension payments once received by his or her companion. The policy covers formally registered workers who pay monthly social security fees.

Same-sex marriages are not recognized in Brazil, but 10 years ago a court in the state of Rio Grande do Sul granted same-sex couples inheritance rights and allowed them to add their partners to health insurance and retirement plans.
Since then, gay couples have been fighting for pension rights.

So another crumb of equality falls from the table.  Sure, we'll take it.  But let's get on with true equality here and elsewhere around the globe.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

while it may be small, im so glad it's a step in the RIGHT direction! Here's hoping for a snowball effect!

Sara and Nate said...

Yay! This is a great way to be moving... Forward!

Gil and Ray said...

Jim,

These are great news!
Thanks for sharing!


Ray

Nina said...

cool gigs!