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Gay Man Granted ‘Maternity’ Leave By Brazilian Government

Gay Man Granted ‘Maternity’ Leave By Brazilian Government

Gay Man Granted ‘Maternity’ Leave By Brazilian Government

Brazil’s social security agency has for the first time granted a four-month “maternity” leave for a man in a civil union with another man.

Lucimar da Silva asked for the leave two years ago when he and his partner adopted a child. Brazilian law mandates that companies provide a four-month paid leave from work for a mother and five days paid leave for a father.

Silva argued it would be discriminatory to deny him the longer leave, noting the social security agency has already approved the four-month benefit for same-sex couples in which the partners are women.

An agency statement Thursday says the decision for da Silva does not set a legal precedent. It says all-male couples with adopted children will have to individually petition for the four-month leave.

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