(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Half of people in Brazil oppose allowing gay couples to adopt children, according to a poll by Datafolha published in Folha de Sao Paulo. 51 per cent of respondents share this opinion, while 39 per cent disagree.

In April, the Superior Court of Justice of Brazil issued what it called “a historic” ruling which allowed a lesbian couple to retain custody of two girls that one of the partners had adopted. While the unanimous ruling does not mean that Brazilian states have to permit adoptions by same-sex couples, it sets a precedent for future decisions and prevents legislation that would directly ban these adoptions.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has long voiced supports for same-sex civil unions, but legislators have voted down initiatives that would allow them.

Earlier this month, Argentina became the first Latin American country to fully legalize same-sex marriage, effectively granting adoption rights to same-sex married couples.

On Jul. 15, a group of legislators, lawyers and activists asked the Lula government to put forward a same-sex marriage bill similar to the one that was approved by lawmakers in Argentina. Para Genoino, a lawmaker with Lula’s Workers’ Party (PT), said that the Brazilian Congress risks “being seen as conservative” if it fails to act on this issue.

Adoptions by couples of the same sex are currently legal in Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay, as well as some jurisdictions in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Polling Data

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Source: Datafolha / Folha de Sao Paulo
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 2,660 Brazilian adults, conducted on May 20 and May 21, 2010. Margin of error is 2 per cent.