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RFS

Rio Gringa, instead of attributing Apolinário's instance to his membership at the Democrats Party, you should have noticed that he is an Evangelical Christian.

Kassab, São Paulo's mayor, is himself a "Democrat" but he's not anti-gay. In fact a few years ago he did a major slight at Catholic and Evangelical groups by forbidding their parades at the Paulista Avenida at the same time that he refused to extend the prohibition to the Gay Parade. The way politicians position themselves to gay rights is better predicted by their private beliefs than their party affiliation. Some time ago, for example, a São Luís vereadora from a Community Party (whether it was the PCB or the PCdoB, I don't really remember) tried to get the city council's permission to grant some Malafaia person (an anti-gay Congressman cum preacher) a honorary citizen title, and she explained her gesture by resorting to her private beliefs (she was an Evangelical Christian, an Evangelical Communist!). So far, there's no great divide between left and right when it comes to gay rights. For example, the center-right PSDB was in favour of the "antihomophobia kit" that was supposed be distributed in schools some time ago. The Ibope study that you cited, also found that among the general population religion is second only to age as the best predictor of attitudes regarding gay unions.

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