Puerto Rico's formal opposition to gay marriage is over, the government announced Friday —- a step in the right direction you beautiful babies!
Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said at a news conference that the Puerto Rican justice department would no longer oppose a suit challenging the constitutionality of the socially conservative island's ban.
"Our constitutional system does not allow discriminatory distinctions such as that contained in the Civil Code concerning the rights of same-sex couples," Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a statement posted to his office's website. "Everyone knows my religious beliefs, but it is not for political leaders to impose our beliefs. We must push for progress in civil and human rights for all citizens equally. As Governor of Puerto Rico, that's my duty."
According to Reuters, yesterday's decision had its humble beginnings in Boston, USA:
The announcement coincided with the filing of a government brief before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, where the Puerto Rico law is being challenged.
The Caribbean island, which is a U.S. territory, said it would no longer defend Article 68 of its Civil Code which contains the same sex marriage rules.
This new law opens the doors to realizing gay marriage in Puerto Rico. Ricky Martin is very pleased. "Today is a great day for my island, the heart out of my chest. How proud I am to live in a country of equality. I love you Puerto Rico," he said in a Twitter message. True. true.
In honor of that, here's this:
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