The Supreme Court of Brazil has passed a bill that criminalizes homophobia as it has become a dangerous country for the LGBT community.
Eight out of three voted in favor of the vice classifying homophobia as a crime similar to racism.
Brazil now joins other countries in the strong Catholic zones in Latin America to pass the measure in favor of the LGBT people.
In 2017 NGO group Gay de Bahia said that in the past four decades there has been 387 murders and 58 suicides due to homophobic attacks.
The three judges who voted against criminalizing homophobic attacks said that the power rested with the Congress.
Legislators, on the other hand, feel they have been stripped off their power as they were the deciding factor in the debate.
Religious leaders are of the opinion that criminalizing it will make it difficult to reject same-sex marriages in Brazil.
The Supreme Federal Court, however, made it clear that criminalizing does not restrict religious freedom as long as it does not contain hate speech.