PHOTOS: Brazilian Couples Get Married En Masse

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 09 2013 12:37 PM ET

More than 100 same-sex couples participated in a mass wedding at Rio de Janeiro's Superior Court of Justice Sunday. The ceremony has been billed as the world's largest communal gay wedding, Agence France-Presse reports.

Brazil became the third country in Latin America to approve marriage equality when a court ruled that same-sex couples cannot be denied the right to obtain a marriage license. A final law has yet to be passed, but some public offices have already begun accepting marriage applications.


Emanuella Rosa (left) and Romilda Celina pose before their wedding ceremony Sunday at the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro. 130 gay couples were married in the first massive wedding ceremony since the first gay marriage in Rio de Janeiro in 2011.

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Newly married couple Joyce and Gabrieli (right) in an emotional moment. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed.


Celso Candido da Silva (left) weeps while holding Marcos Jose Carvallo Teixeira after their wedding ceremony at the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro.


Couples take marriage vows.


An intimate moment in the crowd.


Couple Marcel (right) and Geraldo sit with their daughter Kevellen, 8, before marrying.


Couple Marcia (left) and Jaqueline kiss Marcia's son Gustavo while posing before marrying.


The atmosphere was full of joy.


Couples pose for photographers after getting married at the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro.


"I do!"


Claudio Nascimento (right), an LGBT activist of Rio de Janeiro State, poses with his partner, Joao Silva, after the wedding ceremony.


Newly married couple Emmanuela and Romilda (lower right) kiss.


Joyce and Gabrieli (right) walk down the street after the ceremony, a married couple.