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Three Homosexual Couples Exchange Wedding Vows in Brazil

June 10, 1994

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) _ In what was billed as Latin America’s first collective gay wedding, three homosexual couples exchanged vows in a ceremony in northeastern Brazil.

More than 300 people attended Wednesday’s wedding ceremony in Salvador for two male homosexual couples and one lesbian couple, Nilton Dias Ribeiro, vice president of the Salvador Gay Group, said by phone Friday.

They were married by evangelical pastor Onaldo Pereira, who belongs to a German-based denomination called the Christian Pacifist Community, he said.

Although such marriages are not officially recognized in predominantly Roman Catholic Brazil, Ribiero said they are being more frequent as a way to pressure society and the government to stop discriminating against homosexuals.

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