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AGP Says Same-Sex Marriages Will Continue in Puerto Rico

By on March 9, 2016

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said on Wednesday that the government would continue to allow same-sex marriages on the island, despite a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez Giménez on Tuesday stating that the legalization of same-sex marriage was not applicable to Puerto Rico because of its unincorporated territory status.

“The fundamental right of same sex marriage had been validated and ordered by the federal Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. In that sense, I will respect the determinations made by courts of a higher hierarchy that, fortunately, come from a very different place than what Perez Giménez has proposed,” said García Padilla in written remarks.

In his ruling, Pérez Giménez said that because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, either the U.S. Supreme Court or the commonwealth’s Supreme Court had to explicitly state the legality of same-sex marriage for it to be valid.

Gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano hailed the governor’s decision.

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