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Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal has ruled that homosexual unions are equivalent to the “stable unions” of heterosexuals under national law, despite the Brazilian Constitution’s clear limitation of such unions to heterosexual couples.
The court’s ruling comes after years of failed attempts by homosexualist organizations and politicians to establish gay civil unions through the national legislature..As I recall, the mainly Liberal-appointed Supremes in Canada "wrote in" sexual orientation into the Canadian Charter of Rights even though the democratically-elected Parliament, representing the collective will and wisdom of Canadians, had explicitly chosen not to do so. The will and wisdom of Parliament, representing Canada and Canadians, was summarily over-ridden by nine morally superior judges.
The essential lawlessness (as in not subject to the limitations or strictures of legal statutes or constitutions) of western courts is now a well-established phenomenon. To the point that we've now come to expect it. They probably have champagne-fueled international conferences where the judges from various countries get to share judicial activism strategies, justifications, etc. Invariably the rulings amount to something like this: "we have the power to do this; the seven or nine of us want to do this; so we're doing it".
And Liberals accuse Conservatives of having a low view of Parliament! No wonder a lot of people don't bother voting. If what really matters at a gut level to people can be summarily over-ruled at the whim of judicial elites, why bother?
And that's the way the Ball bounces.