Brazil's gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

Two women celebrate after getting married in a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Two women prepare their bouquet prior to a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Luana Hansen, 37, right, and her partner Glaucia Figueiredo, 29, kiss each other during a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Luana and Glaucia have been together for 2 years and decided to get married after the ultra-right Jair Bolsonaro was elected in presidential elections. ''We join our desires of love and revolution. We don't know what Bolsonaro could do, that can retrograde our rights''. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Luana Hansen, 37, left, and her partner Glaucia Figueiredo, 29, kiss each other prior to a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Two women celebrate after getting married in a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
A couple kiss as they get married during a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
A couple kiss as they get married during a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Gay couples greets each other after they get married in a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Couples take a bus on their way to a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
A woman places a ring on her partners finger as the two women get married during a group marriage of forty same sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that the administration of Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, could hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

SAO PAULO — About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.

Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro's record of homophobic comments has caused alarm.

In an interview with Playboy magazine in December 2011, he said that he "would be incapable of loving a homosexual son."

In May 2002, he also threatened gay people, saying that if he saw "two men kissing each other on the street" he would "beat them up."

On Saturday, dozens of people exchanged vows during a collective ceremony held at Casa1, an NGO that provides support to disadvantaged LGBT youth.

Casa1 launched a campaign a few weeks ago to hold the ceremony "in the face of the political situation" and raised almost $12,000 to cover expenses.

"It's our way of raising the flag for our rights in this new setting," said Lais Risatto, an NGO member.

Luana Hansen, 37, got married to Glaucia Figueiredo, 29, in response to the perceived threat.

"We're combining our desire to love with our desire for revolution," she said. "We don't know what Bolsonaro may do."

Future Human Rights Minister Damares Alves, a 54-year-old evangelical minister, told the O Globo newspaper in an interview on Dec. 6 that homosexual marriage is an "achieved right that is no longer up for debate."

Gay marriage has been legal in Brazil since May 2013.

Bolsonaro takes office on Jan. 1.

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