Rio holds ‘biggest ever’ collective same-sex marriage ceremony

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One hundred and thirty same-sex couples have taken part in a mass civil marriage ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the School of Magistrates of Rio de Janeiro.

Organisers claim Sunday’s event was the “biggest” collective same-sex marriage ceremony ever held.

An emotional Viviane Soares Lessa de Faria, 38, smiled at her partner and told news site G1 “I’ve dreamed of marrying her since I met her.”

Her wife’s 29-year-old son was the couple’s best man.

For Giuseppe Laricchia, 21, marrying his boyfriend was about guaranteeing rights.

“We need to have equality compared with heterosexual couples,” he said.

In May this year Brazil’s national Court of Justice ruled gay couples cannot be denied the right to marry.

Some public offices had already been accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples, while others had refused.