This week, read up on Gov. Eduardo Leite becomesGeorgia presidential candidate in Brazil and Switzerland voting to allow same-sex marriage in the country.
LGBT governor in Brazil wants the best job
The 36-year-old governor of a conservative state who recently revealed himself as LGBT is the presidential candidate chosen by investors in what turns out to be a controversial and vicious election campaign in Brazil.
According to Bloomberg, Eduardo Leite rode the right-wing wave of ruling President Jair Bolsonaro in 2018, wooing financial markets with a program of fiscal austerity and privatization in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, which borders Argentina and the ‘Uruguay. His task is now to make himself known to the general public, most of whom have never heard of him, starting with the Brazilians who oppose both the outgoing president and his leftist opponent, the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
He’s walking a thin line. Despite his criticism of Bolsonaro, he voted for him. He also said that while he supports equality, he will not stand up for LGBT rights.
“Leite is a very plausible name, and one of the most viable names for a ‘third way’,” says Deysi Cioccari, professor of political science at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo.
Switzerland votes to allow same-sex marriage
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With 64% in favor, it became one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
Activists hailed the vote as a landmark event for the country’s LGBT rights.
Religious organizations and conservative political parties have rejected the concept in the run-up to elections, saying it would jeopardize the traditional family.
According to BBC, Switzerland has allowed same-sex couples to register partnerships since 2007, but some rights are restricted.
The measure will allow same-sex couples to adopt unrelated children and married lesbian couples to have children through sperm donation.
This makes Switzerland the 30th country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage.
“This is a historic day for Switzerland, a historic day for equality for same-sex couples, and it is also an important day for the entire LGBT community,” said Jan Muller of the campaign committee ” Yes”.