Note: You may also want to see HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE MADE EASIER IN BRAZIL;
HOW TO: Getting Married in Brazil. and
Brazilian Law on Love - marriage, stable union and visas.
Brazil is about to see something that we only heard about from the United States: a massive movement of people going to one specific State, in order to get married there.
This is because São Paulo State (where São Paulo city is located) has updated its registration rules in order to allow the automatic registration of same sex marriages, without the need of a previous court order.
This change has followed, with some delay, a decision from the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage.
Therefore, foreigners who wish to marry same sex partners in Brazil will now be allowed a marriage visa, which is much easier to obtain than the civil union visa for same sex unions, which already existed.
I consider this a triumph of law and civility. A good thing for Brazil, at last.
The rule will be fully valid only on March, 2013.
The link below is in Portuguese:
Folha de S.Paulo - Cotidiano - Norma do TJ obriga cartórios de SP a registrar casamento gay - 19/12/2012