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Bolsonaro’s rise to power led to hike in same-sex marriages

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“I am a proud homophobe, yes.” President Jair Bolsonaro uttered this sentence back in 2013 when he was just a low-level congressman. The intolerance it represents was a constant presence in his rhetoric since he was first elected to public office in the 1990s. A year later, he was sentenced to pay BRL 150,000 in damages for saying a homophobic slur. So, it was no surprise that when Mr. Bolsonaro won the presidential election late in October 2018, countless same-sex couples grew worried that his administration would roll back Brazil’s feeble network of LGBT rights.

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