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Bill making discrimination against homosexuals punishable by prison November 24, 2006

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Brazil’s lower house of Congress has passed a bill making discrimination against homosexuals a crime punishable by at least a year in jail, the bill’s sponsor said Friday.

The bill, passed Thursday, makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime equal to discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin — which have carried prison sentences since 1989, said Congresswoman Iara Bernardi.

The bill now goes before the Senate, which has not yet set a date to vote.

Betto de Jesus, director of the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians and Transgendered People, said the law would give homosexuals federal protection for the first time.

“We always wanted to have homophobia be considered a crime equal to racism,” he said.

The bill makes denying a person employment, hotel rooms and car or property rentals because of their sexual orientation, as well as prohibiting displays of same-sex affection in public, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Any reference to sexual orientation deemed offensive could carry up to a three-year prison sentence and a fine.

In 2004, the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul became the first in the country to permit civil unions of same-sex couples and gave them the same rights as married heterosexual couples. A similar proposal has stalled in Congress for more than 10 years.

Earlier this month a Sao Paulo state court allowed a gay couple to adopt a 5-year-old girl.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: IHT.com

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