Brazilian president criticizes Supreme Court ruling over homophobia, transphobia

Brazilian president criticizes Supreme Court ruling over homophobia, transphobia

RIO DE JANEIRO (Rahnuma):  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday denounced the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to make homophobia and transphobia crimes as severe as racism.

The court’s decision was criticized by the country’s evangelical Christian groups, who are vocal in their stance against homosexuality and transsexuality.

Bolsonaro, who is an evangelical Christian himself, accused the Supreme Court of trying to legislate.

In response, Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes said the court was not trying to legislate, but only fulfilling its mandate to act in the defense of vulnerable minorities.

Brazil approved same-sex civil unions, which are similar to marriages, in early 2011, and same-sex marriage was legalized in the country in 2013.

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