Gay Rights Victory in Brazil

BY Editors

December 13 2010 5:55 PM ET

Officials in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia (pictured) announced Friday that the nation's committed gay couples will be granted the same social security pension benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

A same-sex partner of a retiree who dies will now be able to receive the pension payments that were granted to their deceased partner, announced the Social Security Ministry. Brazil doesn't formally recognize same-sex marriages, but gay couples have certain rights, including some related to inheritance and retirement.

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