Same-sex couples are to be given the same legal rights as married heterosexuals in Brazil following a landmark gay rights case.
The ruling sets a precedent for Latin America's biggest country, which has struggled with recent episodes of violence against the gay community.
With the world's largest population of Roman Catholics, the church in Brazil has argued against the decision, saying the only union the constitution referred to was that between a man and a woman.
However, Brazil's Federal Supreme Court voted 10 to zero in favour of civil partnerships for gay couples, with just one abstention.
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