Yes, homo-affective relationships - that is how same sex couples are being described in the new Brazilian law that gives their relationships legitimacy. The Brazilian Supreme Federal Court has determined that marriage goes beyond just a man and woman, giving homosexuals the legal rights to marital status: inheritance, pensions, child custody, health insurance benefits, the ability to open joint bank accounts, etc.
According to the president of the Transvestites Association of Paraiba, Fernanda Bevenutty, this was a victory for Brazilian homosexuals, but most will continue in anonymity for fear of the social reaction. The census counted 800 same sex couples in Paraiba, but Bevenutty said that in reality there are a lot more.
The next step the GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transvestites) movement will push is the controversial PLN 122 law, that purposes to add sexual discrimination to the law that punishes racial discrimination, making any type of opposition to this lifestyle a crime. That could mean that a homosexual could sue a church if banished for his or her practices, or a elementary school if rejected as a kindergarten teacher. Preachers could be jailed for repeating what the Bible says about homosexuality. So things could get interesting here in Brazil...
Another controversial government action has been the homosexual kit it has prepared for schools, including six short movies, some animated, some not, teaching the normalcy of kids discovering their homosexuality or bisexuality and learning to be accepting of themselves and others.
One complaint has been the 2 million reals spent on this project while many public schools lack teachers, books, material, and even desks for children to learn language, math, and other basic disciplines.
While all these concerns create a lot of conflict in society, Brazilian and American, the tendency is for laws to be eventually passed and the propaganda to convince the herd will eventually brainwash people into consider anything, everything, normal. People without God will do what people without God will do. What can I do for me, my children, my future grandchildren to not be brainwashed along with everybody else? Homosexuality to us is pretty clear cut, but at one time divorce was clear cut; at one time certain words, clothes, and practices we now accept were not considered the norm. How can we protect ourselves in a society bent on conforming us to it? How can we keep our families zealous for God's norm? Will we pursue God with the same determination that the world has for its twisted pursuit of happiness?
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness." Isaiah 5:20.