Brazil Grants Paternity Leave Equal to Maternity Leave for First Time
It just got a whole lot easier for men to rear and raise a baby down in Rio!
Normally Brazilian fathers are only given five days off work after becoming parents, while mothers receive four months off, but a Brazilian court found that it was discriminatory for a gay couple to receive less combined parental leave than a heterosexual couple.
As a result Lucimar da Silva will become the first Brazilian man to receive the same parental leave as a woman.
The report is quick to point out that this decision is far from a sweeping across the board policy. Men seeking the five months of parental leave guaranteed to women under Brazilian law will still have to individually petition for equal treatment. But the precedent for equality has been set, so a law on the books is really only a matter of time.
It’s important to note that while Lucimar da Silva is in a same-sex relationship, this sort of reform will most likely result in a greater number of heterosexual fathers taking ful parental leave than homosexual fathers. It’s really just a numbers thing.
Congratulations to all the babydaddies of Brazil. You go boys.
(via Gay Star News)