Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Valid and Law of the Land in U.S. Territory
In a stunning decision a federal judge has ruled that the Supreme Court's decision almost a year ago that found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry does not automatically apply in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
The decision affects nearly 3.5 million people in the commonwealth.
"Because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, the Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling on same-sex couplesâ€™ marriage rights does not automatically apply there, U.S. District Court Judge Juan PÃ©rez-GimÃ©nez ruled in a 10-page decision," Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed just reported.
UPDATE I: 7:37 PM ESTÂ â€“
Geidner points to this key portion ofÂ Judge PÃ©rez-GimÃ©nez's ruling, noting that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territoryÂ and not an "incorporated territoryÂ surely destined for statehood."
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